ART PRIZE 2018 WINNERS
'Just One Short Straw... Please'
BY Kathy Ellem
BY Kate Jenvey
'Crossing the Black Range Creek'
BY Michelle Chibnall
'Crossing the Finish Line'
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JUST ONE SHORT STRAW...PLEASE
BY KATHY ELLEM
2017 // Oil // 76.2 X 101.6cm // $2200.00
After doing some hard work these guys are having a little break. It just seems to typify how what someone else has seems much better than what is right in front of us. The question is, did he actually reach far enought to get just a little nibble?
Kathy grew up in Northeast Victoria on an apple orchard. She completed a biology degree and moved to Queensland to live with her husband on a cattle property. They have since sold and bought another place back in Northeast Victoria. Kathy has been painting and teaching seriously since 2007. She has had at least one exhibition per uear since 2010, won numerous awards at art shows across the country and received two Australia Day awards for her contribution to the arts in Maranoa.
BY KATE JENVEY
2017 // Oil // 77.0 X 122.0 cm // $3950.00
Thundering Hooves, movement and the vibrant colour of the horses motivated me to create this painting and the mix these all together to capture the spirit of the high country horse. Horses are a favourite subject of mine, inspiring me to paint them motivated by their beauty and spirit. Using oil painting I was able to focus on the movement and strong colour of their glossy coats contrasting with the gentle softness of the background scenery and dust. I chose a large format canvas to ecapsulate the breadth of the land and the freedom of the horses to run. My ultimate aim is to leave the question unaswered, ‘Did the get away?’
Kate Jenvey is a realistic oil painter and pencil artist using nature as her inspiration. Her artistic interest began early as she grew to love and admire the animals that were part of her childhood in East Africa. Her passion for Africa remains strong and influences much of her work today. After settling in Australia, Kate’s rural lifestyle involved horses and they are now entwined within her colourful paintings and intricate pencil work. Kate has been Artist in Residence at the NMWA and has been part of many group shows and exhibitions gleaning numerous awards along the way and has had three solo shows. Her work is in many private homes and collections in Australia and abroad. She is currently a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation, a member of Australian Guild of Realist Artists, The Pencil Art Society and The Australian Colour Pencil Society.
CROSSING THE BLACK RANGE CREEK
BY MICHELLE CHIBNALL
2016 // Pastel // 38.0 X 27.0 cm // $890.00
We moved to Edi about 10 years ago. The locals welcomed us with cakes and smiles- Edi/Edi Upper is close to the mountains. As a family we enjoyed driving riding and camping in the mountains. One of the locals became a good mate of my husbands. He has lived in the area all his life and grazes his cattle on the property his father also grazed. The Black Range creek flows through his country and eventually through the property we owned. Only twice has it stopped flowing that I know of. Jimmy and his mates ride to The Cattlemens get together each year with all or part of his family either riding or driving support vehicles. The above is my inspiration.
I was born in 1963 in SA. I have always had a love of drawing and horses were my main subject. ln 1988 I started. a job picture framing which I loved as I worked with and for people of a like mind. We organised life drawing classes with Alfred Engel as our mentor. ln 2002 we sold the family farm and moved to Victoria to continue farming. I found another teacher, Steve Morvell, who I enjoyed lessons with for a couple of years. We moved again, to Edi, and l found a wonderful local art group, The Passionate Pallets. For the next few years I enjoyed entering local art shows, winning some awards and taking on commissions. My camera is a constant companion and most of my subject matter has been found on our properties. Sadly we have moved again but the new property is full of new subjects.
BY JOS COUFREUR
2017 // Acylic on Canvas // 75.0 X 100.0 cm
When thinking of high country horses my mind flashes to my grandfather and his horses, the Man From Snowy River, and my days as a child roaming the Long Plain area, watching and observing the brumbies in their habitat. The image that keeps flashing in my mind is one of two stallions fighting over a band of mares up on the plains. I needed to reproduce this image, with no photos to provide evidence of what I saw that day, but mere memories. I used black paint in bold strokes to evoke the emotions of the fight – the strength, the fierceness, the brutality. I want the paint itself to tell part of the story, as much as the image, using seemingly messy but deliberate brush strokes to add character.
Jos is an award-winning artist and his artworks are full of spontaneous vibrant colour. Since leaving art school in Holland he has been on a long journey of discovery as an artist. With several years of employment in between he has been a fulltime artist for over 25 years. The turning point in his career was the discovery of Spontaneous Realism. His artworks are in large format to allow him free movement and expression, and his love for colour is evident in each piece. His artworks portray people, animals and city and landscapes. Jos also accepts private commissions. Jos and his wife live and work in Mandurah. He grew up in the Wollongong area and moved to the Netherlands when he was 17. Jos and his wife spent 26 years in New Zealand and after their 4 grown up children moved to Perth they decided to follow to West Australia.