The 51st annual Beverley Art Prize was held from Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April at the Beverley Station Arts Gallery and Platform Theatre in WA’s wheatbelt, and as usual, the quality and range of the artworks were excellent.
I had two first edition prints on display this year, and at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 18th April, I was very pleased to be awarded the $1,000 Print Award for my artwork “Portrait of a Favourite Uncle”.
“Portrait of a Favourite Uncle“
My uncle spent a long career as a woodworker, and exemplifies the skilled craftsperson who could turn their hand to many things. My artwork shows his workshop, packed to the rafters with tools, machines, wood and a host of consumables. I have surrounded the workshop with the overlapping shadows of some of his much-used and elderly hand tools which still have an important role in today’s workshops despite a plethora of modern electric machines. This artwork is printed on archival Museo Portfolio Rag paper, and matted and framed under glass.
“Ticket to Ride (self-portrait)”
Cycling has played a significant role in my life, allowing me freedom as a child to roam and explore the local neighbourhood, and in later years to keep fit by riding to work. This artwork continues my series of digital drawings of iconic consumer items that have had a memorable impact upon my identity, and references the derailleur from a Fiorelli bicycle that I rode to school. It is a dye-sublimation print on archival high gloss aluminium.