Kedumba Drawing Award 2019

Kedumba Drawing Award 2019

Posted on October 24, 2019

Celebrating 30 years

 


Lost Bear Gallery
98 Lurline Street
Katoomba

2 November 2019 to 1 December 2019
10 am to 5 pm


 

Participating Artists

Tony Ameneiro
Tobias Clack
Leonie Duff
Jane Giblin
Stephen Hall
Julie Hutchings
Kerry McInnis
Kevin McKay
David Middlebrook
Peta Minnici
Lesley O’Shea
Joe Penn
Andrew Seward
Robert Shepherd
Sally Simpson
Andrew Stattmann
Jodi Stewart
Claire Tozer
Steve Waller
Mirra Whale

Judges’ Comments

The 2019 judge Peter Boggs selected 2 drawings from the Award. The following is an extract from the judge’s speech:

At once this is both a beautiful and an interesting exhibition - many works fill both criteria. I congratulate all 20 artists on contributing to a fine exhibition of drawings.

I am obliged to select 2 works for acquisition that will enrich and enhance the Kedumba Collection.

Frankly it was a difficult choice among a number of fine works

The two artists selected are:

Peta Minnici
Looking in; Seeing out – Bundanon
ink

Jane Giblin
My son – an Amateur Birder
ink pigment & pastel

In my view both works are excellent acquisitions for the Kedumba Collection.

Particularly clear to me is an ambivalent uncertainty about what it is that we are exactly looking at? A narrative of sorts exists with both works, but it is unclear Questions without answers – a key benchmark for me.

I congratulate both artist and officially announce the opening of the 30th Kedumba Drawing Award.

 

Selected by the Trustees

Claire Tozer
Remnants
ink on paper

 

Full Speech of the 2019 judge Peter Boggs

 

Gerhard Richter the great German artist now in his late 80’s has moved seamlessly between figuration and abstraction over his working life. They are quite distinct practices within his discipline but they sit very comfortably with him. When asked once why he was inclined towards painting these lyrical romantic views of the French and German landscape - he simply replied "because I wanted to paint something beautiful".

Beautiful as a descriptor of art making has to a large extent slipped away, replaced by the moniker of “interesting”. Critics, writers and viewers, have learnt to use the work interesting as something safely received but with a wiff of erudition and importance. Beauty and solace as Richter said …” At the moment it doesn’t seem as if people need them”.

I mention this anecdote as a starting point in considering the work of the 20 artists invited for this year’s Kedumba Drawing Award … because drawing by its nature is an interesting pathway to discovery.

It can be beautiful of course but it is invariably an exploration of ideas and so the concepts of organising ideas, the imagined, the intended and desired is at it foundation, at its core … an interesting process.

During the Italian Renaissance, Il Disegno - drawing came before art, before painting, sculpture or architecture. It pertained to the world of ideas and the imagination – much more that to that of created objects.

And so I go to the works here presented in the year’s Kedumba Drawing Award.

At once this is both a beautiful and an interesting exhibition - many works fill both criteria. I congratulate all 20 artists on contributing to a fine exhibition of drawings.

I am obliged to select 2 works for acquisition that will enrich and enhance the Kedumba Collection.

Frankly it was a difficult choice among a number of fine works. The two artists selected are Peta Minnici for Looking out and Seeing in - Bundanon and Jane Giblin for My son – an Amateur Birder

In my view both works are excellent acquisitions for the Kedumba Collection.

Particularly clear to me is an ambivalent uncertainty about what it is that we are exactly looking at? A narrative of sorts exists with both works, but it is unclear Questions without answers – a key benchmark for me.

I congratulate both artist and officially announce the opening of the 30th Kedumba Drawing Award

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