Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 marked the opening of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards held at Gallery Lane Cove.

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Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

Gallery Lane Cove

An outstanding crowd of art lovers descended on Gallery Lane Cove to support all the emerging artists who entered this years show and to be present for the announcement of the Commended, Highly Commended and winner of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. Sharing the Gallery that night was the joint winner of the 2015 Lloyd Rees Art Awards Max Berry who presented a breathtaking collection of paintings in his solo show titled Vehicle. The exhibition is a selection of recent works, a kind of documentary of a rudimentary narrative, the works encourage a moment pause and introspection.

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From far left Highly Commended winner Ashley Zhurawel, Winner Kirtika Kain, Mayor of Lane Cove Deborah Hutchens, Commended winner Kristone Capistrano, Judge Guy Warren AM and Judge Katrina Cashman.

This year, the judges Guy Warren AM, Ann Cape and Katrina Cashman had the hard task of awarding 3 artists with the Commended, Highly Commended and Winner of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. Officially opened by the Mayor of Lane Cove, Deborah Hutchens, the audience was treated to an enthusiastic and supportive introduction by Katrina Cashman, one of this year’s judges and Senior Curator & Assistant Director of Mosman Art Gallery.

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Gallery goers attending the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, Gallery Lane Cove, Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove Art Society.

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Entries in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

More photos from the Opening night can be viewed in the below link:

Photos from opening night Lloyd Rees

 

Congratulations to all the artists who exhibited. The following awards for 2017 went to:

 Acquisitive Awards: $5,000 plus solo exhibitions – Kirtika Kain with her work 5.

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Winner of 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards Kirtika Kain and her artwork 5

5
Kirtika Kain
Silk screened pigment and paraffin wax on Japanese rice paper
77 x 60cm
Price on application

Highly Commended: $1,500 sponsored by the Lane Cove Art Society, Ashley Zhurawel with her work Lost on the River Thames

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Highly Commended winner Ashley Zhurawel and her artwork Lost on the River Thames

Lost on the River Thames
Ashley Zhurawel
Linocut, hand coloured
72 x 88cm
$1,500.00

Commended: $1000 sponsored by Gallery Lane Cove and Centrehouse Arts Centre, Kristone Capistrano with his work The Newborn

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Commended winner Kristone Capistrano with his work The Newborn

The Newborn
Kristone Capistrano
Charcoal on Paper
131 x 128cm
$1,250.00

Artworks are for sale in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards, Gallery Lane Cove would be more than happy to help out with any queries buyers may have about artworks included in the exhibition. To contact Gallery Lane Cove call us on 9428 4898, or email us at centrehouse@bigpond.com

The exhibition runs at Gallery Lane Cove from 24 August and ends 2 September.

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Catching up with Max Berry our 2015 winner of the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards

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Cill Rialaig Cottage II
Acrylic and oil on canvas
20cm x 20cm, 2016
$550

Max Berry won the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards with his impressive painterly depictions of landscapes, and Gallery Lane Cove caught up with Berry just before the install of his solo show Vehicle opening 23 August, 2017.

Since winning the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards in 2015 can you tell us briefly about how your art practice has progressed since then?

I continue to work out of Sydney and supplement my studio practice with excursions locally and interstate. Whilst traveling I can collect a library of source material; photographs, drawings and objects which can be developed upon my return. At the moment I’m becoming more interested in the urban environment and documenting simple still life compositions.

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Black Cat
Acrylic and oil on canvas
38cm x 38cm, 2017
$900

 

How did the prize money help support your art practice?

The prize has been essential to my art practice and came at a particularly fortuitous time, I managed to apply it to both my time spent in Ireland as part of the Cill Rialaig Artist Residency and in the preparation for my 2016 solo exhibition ‘A Return to Slow’.

You received a solo exhibition as part of your prize in 2015 which is about to open, what can we expect from your upcoming exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove?

The upcoming exhibition entitled ‘Vehicle’ is a selection of recent works, a kind of documentary of a rudimentary narrative. I hope that these works can encourage a moment pause and introspection.

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Terminal
Acrylic and oil on canvas
122cm x 186cm, 2017
$5600

Through my research I can see that you have two threads to your practice, one being your paintings and another being your publications. Can you tell us more about that?

I’m very interested in making books and am in the habit of producing them alongside exhibitions. As if they were a companion, having an additional gateway into the thoughts and development of the works on display.

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Egg and Sausage
Acrylic and oil on canvas
76cm x 122cm, 2017
$3800

 

Where do you see the trajectory of your art practice going in the future?

I  hope to continue as I am, a slow build of more works, new mediums, new places etc. I feel very lucky to be able to show these works and humbled by those that view them.

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Image of artist Max Berry at the Opening of his solo exhibition Vehicle

To view the online catalogue for Max Berry’s solo show Vehicle please click the link below:

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0a0d91_3c0a739704604ab681a29877abf7a211.pdf

All artworks are for sale Gallery Lane Cove would be more than happy to help out with any queries buyers may have about all artworks included in the exhibition. To contact Gallery Lane Cove call us on 9428 4898, or email us at centrehouse@bigpond.com

The exhibition runs at Gallery Lane Cove from 24 August and ends 9 September.