Winners announced for annual signature 2D art prize
  • Saturday 07 September 2013

Caloundra Regional Gallery was abuzz with the highly anticipated announcement of the 2013 Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP) 2D winners on Friday 6 September 2013.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said it is an honor to welcome artists and guests to the SCAP 2D official opening which is a significant cultural event on the Sunshine Coast calendar.

“Each year we see a high level of creative talent that is certainly impressive and that talent is a challenge to the judge to select two winners from the 40 finalists,” he said.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce Celeste Chandler from New Gisborne Victoria as the 2013 winner of the prestigious national SCAP 2D art prize, who receives $15,000 cash prize.

“Ms Chandler’s artwork entitled lovesick 7, is from a series of paintings that represent her face disfigured and obscured by a fluid substance, often obliterating features, and we are proud that this contemporary painting will be added to council’s Corporate Art Collection.

“The Highly Commended prize winner is awarded to David Nielsen from Sherwood Queensland, for his digital print entitled White Tracks which documents a readymade form of land art, tracing the remaining and vanishing landscape in one of Queensland’s oldest mining regions. David receives $2500 prize money.”

2013 SCAP judge Peter McKay, Curator of Contemporary Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) since 2011, said he was impressed with the high standard of artworks and in particular with Celeste Chandler.

“I have chosen Celeste as the winner of the SCAP 2D category as she is a very accomplished painter,” he said.

“Her soft yet exacting layered brushwork in lovesick 7 creates a tonal interplay that excites the eye and creates an arresting complexity. This particular self-portrait explores a curious psychological state.

“The buttery disguise that obscures many of the artist’s features is ambiguous and allusive: it could be interpreted very literally and seen as a beauty mask, food or paint; or it could be a kind of imaginary substance that illustrates a sensation of separation or isolation, feeling that sharing our individual subjective experiences is an impossibility.”

Peter McKay said he awarded the Highly Commended prize to David Nielsen for his artwork, White Tracks.

“David’s photograph reveals the change to the landscape brought about by the grand mining projects which are so topical and lucrative in Australia today and have the uncanny appearance of an abstract composition made by an artist at an easel. Viewed from a satellite’s perspective, the alien scenery makes a challenge to our aesthetic assumptions with this dramatic shift of scale,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate all artists named as finalists in one of the nation’s prestigious art prizes – this is something they can be very proud of.”

The community can get involved in this year’s SCAP by visiting the exhibition and voting for their favourite artist in the People’s Choice awards sponsored by the Friends Caloundra Regional Gallery Inc. The winner will be announced at an afternoon tea presentation hosted by the Friends at 2pm on Saturday 28 September.

The SCAP 2D exhibition will be on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery until 13 October 2013. Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.