Jahnne Pasco-White has won the $50,000 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The prize is acquisitive, so her winning work, messmates 1, (part of a larger 11 panel work) will join the permanent collection at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
The biennial prize was initiated by Mr Allen Guy CBE (1917-2007) in honour of his brother Arthur Guy (1914-1945) who was killed during World War II.
The 2019 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize was judged by: Tansy Curtin, curatorial manager, Bendigo Art Gallery; Tracy Cooper-Lavery, director of HOTA; and Roslyn Feeney who represented the Guy family.
In a joint statement the judges said of the winning work, “Pasco-White’s visceral work pushes the limits of the medium itself; it’s raw, layered and vibrant with an incredible surface texture and palette. It is emblematic of the artist’s life and current practice, reflecting the complexity of contemporary life as a female artist. We are thrilled to award this prize to an early career artist, and recognise that this could prove to be a pivotal moment in her practice. We can’t wait to see what she does next.”
Pasco-White is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne. Her work was selected from a field of 36 finalists.
Paintings by all of the finalists can be seen at the Bendigo Art Gallery until 8 December.