– The Gold Award 2016: KATE BEYNON, JOHN YOUNG & EX DE MEDICI –
Congratulations to ARTAND collaborators and artists Kate Beynon, eX de Medici and John Young who are all finalists in the 2016 Rockhampton Art Gallery’s The Gold Award on view until 4 September 2016. Queensland’s richest art prize was awarded to Jon Cattapan for his work, Raft City No.4 (surveillance version). Beynon was selected for Apotropaic vessels, 2016, Medici for her triptych Uzi, Rothschildren and Luger, 2015, and Young his 2016 works, Aeneid I and Aeneid II.
In 2014 and 2015 ARTAND Foundation commissioned new paintings and drawings from Kate Beynon, eX de Medici and John Young for our publication Chinese Zodiac, a book which brings together a dynamic collection of works by twelve of Australia’s leading contemporary artists in a visual exploration of the Chinese lunar calendar. Beynon, a Hong Kong-born, Melbourne-based artist worked with us on An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale which was the second iteration of our Dott Tales series, following on from The Nightingale and the Rose. With An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale comes the limited release of Beynon’s painting Masks of the Ogre dancers, available as a silk scarf or greeting card set.
The show presents an intimate selection of nine contemporary Australian artists. The Gold Award is designed to bring to light outstanding painting whilst building upon the Rockhampton Art Gallery’s substantive collection.
With no one specific subject, this year’s series of works comprises landscape and self-portraiture, with both literal and abstract representations of varying themes, including identity, culture, politics and power.
Kate Beynon Apotropaic vessels 2016, watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag 18 framed panels: 42 x 29.7 cm; overall: 120 x 493 cm, Courtesy of the artist and, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne (two individual works and another single)
Jon Cattapan, ‘Raft City No. 4 (Surveillance Version)’, 2015, oil and acrylic on linen, 168 cm x 198 cm, courtesy the artist and Dominik Mersch Gallery
eX de Medici Uzi 2015 watercolour on paper 114 x 141 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore
John Young Aeneid II 2016 oil on Belgian linen 200 x 200 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane