Winners announced for annual signature 2D arts prize
  • Saturday 01 September 2012

Caloundra Regional Gallery will be abuzz with the highly anticipated announcement of the 2012 Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP) 2D winners.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said it is an honor to welcome artists and guests to the SCAP 2D gala opening which is a significant cultural event on the Sunshine Coast.

"Each year the high level of creative talent is certainly impressive and challenges the judge to select two winners from 40 talented finalists," Cr Thompson said."The winner of SCAP 2D receives a cash prize of $15,000 plus a four-week arts residency valued at $5,000."The Highly Commended prize winner is awarded $2500 and in a SCAP first the judge has also awarded a special commendation."

Respected arts writer and Emeritus Professor, Peter Pinson, OAM said the 40 finalists in the SCAP 2D exhibition are a fascinating representation of the diverse perspectives, styles and preoccupations to be found in two-dimensional art practice today.

"I warmly congratulate all the artists who have been short-listed as finalists. Most of these artists have impressive records of achievements including works exhibited at major art museum collections," Mr Pinson said.

"At the same time, there are some artists who are in the earlier stages of their career, who are clearly artists of considerable promise and whose development it will be rewarding to follow.

"Together, these 40 artists have made a fine exhibition possible and the highly competitive strength of their works has made the judging difficult.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce David Fairbairn from Wedderburn, NSW as the 2012 winner of the prestigious national SCAP 2D art prize.?

"David’s work entitled D.G. No 1 (25-8-10) 2010 uses a figure as the starting point for a vigorous and expressive interplay of line and paint.

"Fairbairn’s painting may have begun as a response to a particular sitter, but that subject has become largely unidentifiable. It could be anyone – or all of us.

"The figure appears lost in bleakness and introspective melancholy. The subject’s head is supported by his hand: this seems to convey despair rather then exhaustion; anxiety rather than repose.

"Fairbairn’s portrait of D.G. reminds me of the character Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman; both are achingly sad portraits of defeat.

"I congratulate the Sunshine Coast Council for maintaining this cultural event, with its continuing high standards."

Kate Bergin from Doonan received the Highly Commended award for her traditional surrealist artwork entitled Mr Percival, His Mobile Phone and Other Stories Too which combines high level technical competency with wit.Col Jordan from Subiaco, WA was awarded the judge’s special commendation for his artwork entitled Mosaic 5 – Marking the Diamond - a masterly play of abstract colour relationships and spatial ambiguities.

The community can get involved in this year’s SCAP by visiting the exhibition or council’s gallery website and voting for their favourite artist in the People’s Choice or Children’s Choice awards.

The SCAP 2D exhibition will be on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery until 7 October 2012.