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 Louise Martin-Chew, Judge Milburn Prize, Brisbane Institute of Art, Windsor

 Announcement Friday 28 April 2017


Acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of these lands, the Turball and Jagera peoples, narratives that have taken place here past, present and future.

Thanks Jill, Peter and Trevor for the invitation to judge this prize which acknowledges the work of Paul Milburn, a much loved teacher of all sorts of art media here at BIA. It recognises his importance as a teacher and how sorely he is missed. And I imagine that we may see his legacy in the quality of the work here tonight, which made the judging such a difficult task. There are 34 works in the prize, and each of them have strong qualities. However, I have selected a winner, after much deliberation, and six works I have denoted highly commended.

So highly commended, are

Portrait of my father (Tracey Choyce) for its incredible technical ability, coupled with the luminosity of its rendition that makes it an emotive and powerful work that has resonance off the wall. I also really enjoyed

A Rock and A Hard Place  (Carolyn Delzoppo)for its subtlety of shifting shadows, the cushions between hardness, sea and ship, and its tonal nuance.

Greenbelt - Connectivity - Conservation  (Nicola Moss) is a wonderful multimedia work that draws the eye into its foliage. Like walking into a rainforest there is the sense that within this faceted form there are journeys of discovery that change with experience.

In the Studio (Annie O'Rourke) holds the subject’s gaze and its tonal control, but also uses perspective in an intriguing way.

Something Better (Ellie Sweatman) is appealing, evoking that sense of being an outsider that most of us may relate to. It has real strength in its construction and painterly qualities.

I See the Thread of an Idea but it’s Tangled  (Aimee Nesbitt) is also technically superb with an Escher like pursuit of the end of the thread, but also conjures up the globe and the lunacy of the pace and complexity which entwines our lives.

Art does allow subjectivity, and my choice of the prize could, no doubt, be debated endlessly. However, for first prize I selected

Settle, (Natalie Wood) an oil painting that is based on a loose, grid-like structure, within which are aerial views of sinks. Conceptually you could see this as a portrait of the messy state of environmental and international affairs, but I most enjoyed its painterliness, its humility of subject and muted tones. And ultimately, it puts a level of disarray into order within the picture frame.

Congratulations all entrants - every work in the prize is strong, and rewards looking. Thank you for your attention. 

Louise Martin-Chew

28 April 2017






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