PRIZE WINNERS 2017

IT WAS A GREAT EXHIBITION OF WORK! THERE WERE AROUND 320 WORKS ENTERED FROM ARTISTS ACROSS THE REGION. THANK YOU TO ALL THE ARTISTS WHO ENTERED THIS YEAR! THIS YEARS WINNERS ARE LISTED BELOW:

BEST IN SHOW

SHINE THE LIGHT‘ by  MELISSA MARKWELL (Mosaic sculpture, surfboard)

BEST IN SHOW’ is a prize awarded to one work, out of all work entered in all the different  sections and mediums in The Coraki Art Prize. It is a prize of $2000The prize winner is chosen by all the judges, this year we had four judges, and together they pick a winner. Thank you to all our judges this year for dedicating their time and expertise to the judging and supporting the Art Prize. Thank you to the sponsors of this years $2000 ‘Best in Show’ prize – QUARRY SOLUTIONS The Art Prize relies on the generosity of all those who kindly sponsor all of our prizes.

MELISSA MARKWELL 'SHINE THE LIGHT,

JUDGES NOTES: This dynamic work oozes confident ease and playfulness. The judges choice for best in show was spontaneously unanimous. It does shine the light and magnetically draws the viewer in. All that we know and feel about the surfboard is incongruous with the weighty materials applied to its surface yet both are in sublime harmony. The lighthouse imagery is joyful and innocent – it fits the form to perfection. Although born of cliches, this highly resolves work has a powerful iconic resonance. The artist takes on the stereotype and runs with it. She looks through fresh eyes and transcends the all too familiar decorated surfboard; she overrides the connotation of mosaic as popular D.I.Y remedy for all things bland in the house and garden.This artist boldly works her magic with these elements and the cliche is transformed into a vibrantly magnetic work of art, shining the light.

PAINTING                                                            FIRST PRIZE


FIRST PRIZE judged by MARC DE JONG, is a prize of $1000 sponsored by RICHMOND VALLEY COUNCIL who we thank kindly for their continued support.

THE CORAKI ART PRIZE is proud to be a source of encouragement to this very talented local young artist, who won first prize ten years ago or so in one of our ‘Youth Art’ sections.

JOSEPH BELFORD, 'VIEW FROM HOME'

Judges notes – Lyrical expressive piece reveals an intimate, private world through a window revealed as an Aussie landscape full of life, texture, colour, modest, humble, a felt experience. A modernist work, glazing, drawing, loose tones.

 SECOND PRIZE

GOANNA HEADLANDS’ by ALVINA KAPEEN (acrylic on canvas)

SECOND PRIZE judged by MARC DE JONG. It is a prize of $200 sponsored by CORAKI HOTEL Thank you to one of our local Coraki businesses for their generous support. We are only a small town so we really appreciate this sponsorship and especially from these guys who are only fairly new owners of the CORAKI HOTEL.

We are proud to see this prize go to Alvina Kapeen who is a local Coraki artist and who’s work we love getting a chance to see. The judge remarked on his appreciation of the dreaming story told in the painting and liked that it was relevant to a place he’s familiar with. Overall he was impressed with Alvina as a painter and saw the work to be uniquely hers.                                                                                                                                                          goanna2

 THIRD PRIZE

‘WHITEWATER @ BOULDERS BEACH’ by DELLENE STRONG (Watercolour)

THIRD PRIZE is $100 sponsored by ART ASPECTS GALLERY who we thank very much for all their continued support throughout the years. Their gallery is always full of beautiful artwork and wares from talented artists from all over the Northern Rivers           rocks              JUDGES NOTES: Stunning watercolour, movement, fluidity, form and structure.

 WORKS ON PAPER                  

FIRST PRIZE

FLOWER‘ by LEANNE ROSE (Texta & pen on paper)                                     

JUDGED by MARC DE JONG                                                                                                     FIRST PRIZE is a $1000 sponsored by FOOT FINESSE. Who we thank very much for the very generous support given by sponsoring this prize. Congratulations Leanne! We have been told that winning this prize has brought much joy and happiness to her and her family, friends and support workers.

LEANNE ROSE, 'FLOWER' JUDGES NOTES:  Stars, colour sings, form moves and stretches out, inclusive, cultural and dynamic.

 SECOND PRIZE

‘COASTAL JOURNEY’ by FIONA NICHOLLS 

SECOND PRIZE is $200 sponsored by CORAKI ART PRIZE. Due to difficulty this year in finding sponsors for the prizes. We were happy to see Fiona  Nicholls former judge for the Coraki Art Prize Fiona win in not just one section but two! what beautiful work                                                                                                                    coastal                 JUDGES NOTES: Calming dreamlike depth.

* Apologies for the quality of image – it doesn’t do Fiona’s work justice

THIRD PRIZE

FRACTAL GECKO’ by PAUL HOBSON ( colored pencil, pen, pencil on paper)

THIRD PRIZE is $100 voucher by PREMIER ART AND FRAMING  Who we thank very much for being a sponsors once again – thanks for your support.

JUDGES NOTES: Beautifully rendered fades, transitions, pattern, psychedelic – circle of life eye.

PAUL HOBSON 'FRACTEL GECKO' JUDGES NOTES: Beautifully rendered fades, transitions, pattern, psychedelic – circle of life eye.

SCULPTURE

FIRST PRIZE

‘PARCHED – NIMBIN ROCKS’ by SUSAN JACOBSEN 

FIRST PRIZE is a prize of $800, sponsored by The Coraki Art Prize .

Susan Jacobsen can call herself a Coraki Art Prize multi-award winner adding to the list 1st in Sculpture 2017.

JUDGES NOTES:  This is a very understated work whose subject matter in reality is anything but. The artist interprets the rocks in a stylised geometric manner – sharp and sheer is the feeling. The work is tiny yet it has a hint of monumentality, the forms are restrained yet their beautifully resolved surfaces exude the feeling of rock. There is nothing decorative here- Each mark is essential and pure. Full of understanding and meaning.

parched

JUDGES NOTES:  This is a very understated work whose subject matter in reality is anything but. The artist interprets the rocks in a stylised geometric manner – sharp and sheer is the feeling. The work is tiny yet it has a hint of monumentality, the forms are restrained yet their beautifully resolved surfaces exude the feeling of rock. There is nothing decorative here- Each mark is essential and pure. Full of understanding and meaning.

SECOND PRIZE

‘BREAKFAST TRAY’ by MIRIAM SALOMON

SECOND PRIZE is $250 sponsored by SWAN BAY SANDSTONE LANDSCAPE AND QUARRY SUPPLIES. A local business who has supported The Coraki Art Prize throughout many of its years – thank you once again for your sponsorship.                                                                  breakfast

JUDGES NOTES: Here is a quietly resolved work that has a timelessness about it. This breakfast has been going on for centuries! We feel we could part of it – personal associations and memories are evoked, The work is beautifully executed. The tray that holds these familiar objects could even be seen as a frame surrounding a STILL LIFE painting, stillness permeates the work which has the capacity to hold the the viewer in its many layers of meaning.

PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PRIZE

REEF PLAY’ by FIONA NICHOLLS 

JUDGING by MARK DAVIES                                                                                                          This is a prize of $800 sponsored by MID RICHMOND PLUMBERS. We appreciate the many years of support this great Coraki business has provided  are very thankful.

JUDGES NOTES: The light and composition make this a beautiful image that is well presented. There is a lovely sense of dynamic in the image.

underwater

JUDGES NOTES: The light and composition make this a beautiful image that is well presented. There is a lovely sense of dynamic in the image.

SECOND PRIZE

MEETING PLACE’ by RUDIGER WASSER 

SECOND PRIZE gets $100. It was a challenge this year to find sponsors for all the prizes so this one also sponsored by The Coraki Art Prize.

JUDGES NOTES: The circle is quite strong in an image full of lines, the dynamics is very strong. But a change in perspective may have altered the end result.

RUDIGER WASSER 'MEETING POINT'

JUDGES NOTES: The circle is quite strong in an image full of lines, the dynamics is very strong. But a change in perspective may have altered the end result.

POPULAR CHOICE

LOCAL’ by CAROL GRAY 

AS VOTED IN BY THE PUBLIC

POPULAR CHOICE IS A PRIZE OF $500 SPONSORED BY THE RURAL TRANSACTION CENTRE. A big THANK YOU to the RTC for all their help and participation and sponsorship.

CAROL GRAY 'LOCAL'

YOUTH ART 12 YEARS & UNDER

FIRST PRIZE

‘DOG’ 

 PHOENIX ALLEN

dog

SECOND PRIZE

THE LIGHTHOUSE’ 

ALLERIA BROWN

lighthouse

YOUTH ART 13 – 18 YRS

FIRST PRIZE

INCONSOLABLE

ELLA SPACKMAN

eye

SECOND PRIZE

‘NATIVE’  

URSULA SCHNIEDER

group

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