A contemporary monochromatic painting by Sydney artist Pollyxenia Joannou has won first prize in the 2016 Redland Art Awards, announced Friday night at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s awards had attracted a very high standard of works, which ensured judging the biennial awards was incredibly difficult.
“Congratulations to Pollyxenia Joannou for her stunning painting ‘Duplicity’, which was awarded first place in the 2016 Redland Art Awards and will now become part of Redland Art Gallery’s permanent collection,” she said.
“Congratulations also to Brisbane artists Monica Rohan, who won second prize for ‘Heads up Shoulders back’, and Carol McGregor, who was awarded the local environment prize for her work ‘Black seeds’.”
Cr Williams said more than 400 entries had been received from across Australia this year, with judges given an unenviable task of shortlisting to just 50 works before selecting the winners, who shared more than $20,000 in prize money.
“An exhibition of the finalists will be on show from Sunday 16 October to Sunday 27 November 2016 at Redland Art Gallery, and includes works by four Redland-based artists and two Quandamooka artists currently residing outside the City,” she said.
“I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and cast their vote for the $500 Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, proudly sponsored by Redland Yurara Art Society, which will be announced Thursday 17 November 2016 on the Redland Art Awards website.”
The 2016 Redland Art Awards were judged by José Da Silva (Senior Curator and Head of Australian Cinémathèque Collections & Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art), Judy Watson (Renowned Queensland Indigenous artist), Emma Bain (Director, Exhibitions & Programs, Redland Art Gallery) and Stephanie Lindquist (Director, Collections & Public Art, Redland Art Gallery).
Redland Art Awards is presented by Redland Art Gallery with generous support for event sponsors Stark Creations and Redland Yurara Art Society. Visit the website to view the Redland Art Awards 2016 finalists.