Since 2006, the KILGOUR PRIZE has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting. In 2021, the prize is now in its eleventh year. One of Australia’s major art prizes, the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public.
The KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 People's Choice:
Mid North Coast artist Nathan Paddison has won the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 People's Choice Award with his colourful abstract work titled 'Flour Sail'.
A first-time entrant, Paddison only started painting four years ago. In his artist statement, Paddison describes 'Flour Sail' as a "self-portrait of harder times, the flowers representing anything I could find to make a quick buck even a droopy flower".
Nathan said it was unbelievable to win this award in such a prestigious prize and against such talented finalists, noting it was the "greatest validation" and "the biggest thing that has happened to me by far in the art world".
Image credit: Nathan PADDISON Flour Sail 2021 acrylic, acrylic marker on canvas 204.0 x 142.0cm Artist collection Courtesy the artist
The KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 Winner:
West Australian artist and perennial KILGOUR PRIZE finalist Lori Pensini has celebrated a breakthrough win in the prestigious $50,000 art prize with an intimate reflection on her own family lineage.
These portraits are a continuum for myself and my art practice exploring the Indigenous lineage to my ancestry. They are painted on family heirloom fine bone china English plates and are a tribute to the inter-racial relationships of my colonial fore-bearers and the First People’s of the south west of Western Australia. Each plate is unique to itself, honouring individual endeavours and fortitude. Collectively they embody the sense of ‘family’, of intimate bonds forged and the endurance of fervent relationships that defied racial vilification of the times. The deliberation of painting on fine bone china English plates represents the fragility of our bonds and cultural identity and delicately betrays the ruinous heavy hand of European colonisation both towards Indigenous peoples and the Australian landscape.
Image: Lori PENSINI Family 2021 oil on china 78.0 x 85.0cm Artist collection Courtesy the artist
KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 FINALISTS
About the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021
The KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 was judged by Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery, Adam Porter, Head of Curatorial, Campbelltown Arts Centre and David Trout, Visual Artist, Head Teacher Fine Art, Newcastle Art School.