This year’s Coraki Art Prize is very lucky to have Marc de Jong judging both the ‘PAINTING’ and the ‘WORKS ON PAPER’ sections. Marc was one of Melbourne’s most notable stencil artists in the 90’s, playing a defining role in the contemporary Australian street art scene and Marc has been exhibited and collected by several galleries including the National Gallery of Australia. Separate from the street art he is an established contemporary painter. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Art and, prior to that, studied under Howard Arkley while completing an advanced certificate of Art and Design at Prahran TAFE. He has had many solo exhibitions and been involved in numerous group shows. He was a finalist in the 2010 Archibald Prize, 2009 Sulman Prize, the 2008 Wynne Prize, the 2008 Fleurieu Biennale and the 2006 ABN Amro Emerging Artist’s Award among other art prizes.
Also this year’s Coraki Art Prize is extremely lucky and proud to have Sandra Taylor judging the ‘SCULPTURE’ section this year.
Sandra recently had a retrospective exhibition called, ‘True Stories Sandra Taylor 1975 – 2017’, down at the Grafton Regional Gallery, it was superb. Those lucky enough to have gone would have seen the work which speaks for itself.
Sandra Taylor is considered a significant Australian artist who has made many major contributions to the visual arts through her practice as well in her work as a teacher, and in particular to ceramics.Her work has been influential, and has been loved and admired by many.
One could write a very long list of her achievements but I’ll just mention a few. She has exhibited extensively nationally as well as overseas, her work has been exhibited in major public galleries as well as in many private ones. Her work has been collected by many galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Powerhouse Gallery.
Private collectors include the likes of Sir Elton John, the late Sir Michael Parkinson and David Evans, President of MGM/United Artists.
Grafton Regional Gallery has been collecting her work for many years and continues to collect her work as Sandra has worked and lived locally.
Sandra has also been a great support to the Coraki Art Prize over the years, working as a volunteer, an adviser and judge, has donated work as a prize for fundraising in a raffle and has also entered work.
Above image from front cover of ‘ True Stories Sandra Taylor 1975 – 2017’ picture of work by Sandra Taylor, ‘Glorious home, fabulous pool view I’, 1996, terracotta.
Above picture of work by Sandra Taylor,
‘Oh cow of full and empty meaning’,
Picture of work by Sandra Taylor,
handbuilt various inlaid coloured clays & painted & stain clays.
Our judge for PHOTOGRAPHY this year is the very talented Mark Davis.
Mark has been a keen photographer for nearly 30 years and until recently, convened a camera club in Ballina. Mark has won numerous local and interstate awards for his photography including Ipswich Art Awards, BHP Waltzing Matilda Photographic Competition, Bentley Art Show, Ocean Shores and selected numerous times in the Caldera Art Awards. In 2012 Mark held a very successful exhibition of his infrared photography at the Tweed Regional Gallery. Marks enjoys many forms of photography and often uses his images to make other artworks. More of his work can be seen on his website www.markd.com.au .
Mark owns and manages Ballina Art & Framing and will display 2 of his images.