Congratulations to Ceara Metlikovec for winning the 2018 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. The Sydney-based artist has taken out the $25,000 acquisitive prize with her graphite drawing, Indigo 5, January, 2018.

This year the annual prize was judged by Ms Anne Ryan, curator of Australian prints, drawings and watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

“This meticulously rendered and carefully considered work has, at first glance, all the hallmarks of minimalism,” Ryan said.

“Closer inspection, however, reveals the unmistakable signs of the artist’s hand, with subtle rhythms and tensions over the surface of the sheet. Rendered with great clarity and precision using the most traditional of drawing mediums – graphite on paper – this drawing has a mysterious and meditative quality that draws the eye back in.”

Metlikovec’s dealers Andrew Jensen, Emma Fox and Sarah McCrory said of the work, “Indigo 5 continues her increasingly substantial series of vertically banded drawings. The immersive state that Metlikovec enters to make these works delivers deeply felt, tonally sophisticated scapes. The oscillation and rhythm of the drawings, their coercion of light and space are very special and particular to Metlikovec.”

Readers in Auckland can see more of Metlikovec’s work in the group show Carbon at Fox/Jensen/McCrory until 10 March. Works by all of the finalists are on show in the 2018 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Exhibition.

2018 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Exhibition
Adelaide Perry Gallery
2 – 29 March

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