People’s Choice art winner “too beautiful”
  • Tuesday 30 September 2008

The winner of this year’s Sunshine Coast Art Prize People’s Choice award – judged entirely by the public - described her winning entry as a painting of a woman who was “too young and too beautiful”.

Brisbane artist Julie Reeves was declared the popular winner from 600 votes cast by members of the public who saw the exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery or online.

Ms Reeves will be at the Caloundra gallery at 10am on Wednesday (1/10/08) to receive her $2,500 People’s Choice Prize, presented by sponsor, the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.

Her painting, called Perpetrate, was chosen from a field of 40 finalists whose works have been on display at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery since the exhibition opened on August 20. Visitors to the gallery, and to an on-line site, were asked to vote for their favourite work. They overwhelmingly chose Ms Reeve’s striking portrait of a young woman posing in the style of a fashion shoot from a magazine.

In her submission to the art competition, Ms Reeves said: “I have always been interested in the seductiveness of beauty and the nature of discomfort - and the way in which the two can align. The girl is too young and too beautiful - bathed in a candied glow. However, the darks are sharp against the warmth. Is she the protagonist or the victim?”

The exhibition continues until 5 October. The overall prize, announced in August, was won by another Brisbane artist, Scott Redford.