Rew Hanks has won the $16,000 first prize in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award with his two-metre-long linocut, Gone Fishing East of Faskrudsfjordur.
The prize is acquisitive so Hanks’s work will join the City of Fremantle art collection.
This year the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award was judged by: Lee Kinsella, curator at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia; Anne Ryan, curator of Australian art: Australian prints, drawings and watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Mark Stewart, curator of the Murdoch University Art Collection.
In a joint statement the judges said of the winning work, “Gone Fishing East of Faskrudsfjordur stood out for its lyrical rendering of a vast Nordic landscape. This remote and beautiful part of the world seems untouched by modern life. However, on closer inspection tiny human figures infiltrate the scene, reminding us of the fragility of nature and the impact of humanity on the environment. The energy of nature is effectively rendered in the layers of water, land, cloud and sky. The print is extraordinarily sophisticated and well executed, on an ambitious scale that sustains its power over the expanse of the image.”
The judges awarded the $6000 second prize to Eunice Napanangka Jack for Kuruyultu.
“This very painterly print glows with shimmering blue energy. In a print medium, it is faithful to the artist’s traditional image making practices with a real sense of her body and hand in its making. The print has been made in a successful and sensitive collaboration with a master printer combining intaglio and screen-print, which results in a complex surface of great depth and vibrancy,” said the judges of her work.
Works by Mark Dustin, Clare Humphries, Nadia Kliendanze and Julie Mia Holmes were highly commended.
Prints by all 56 finalists can be seen in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2019 Exhibition until 10 November.