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Congratulations to Kendal Heyes who has won the annual Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.

Artist and architect Professor Richard Goodwin was the judge this year and he awarded the $25,000 acquisitive prize to Heyes for his work, Boat 1, 2017.

Heyes says that the image is based on a news photograph of a refugee boat, blown up through the process of drawing until it becomes deliberately ambiguous.

In doing this, Heyes hopes his work will be a “reminder of the issue, without being an overt political statement.”

“By becoming slightly obscure in terms of its specificity (when you get close it dissolves into a sea of dots) the image draws you in,” he explains.

Works by all 46 finalists are on show in The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2017 Exhibition.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2017 Exhibition
Adelaide Perry Gallery
25 February – 24 March

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