2014 Moran Prize winners announced - Art Collector

Suzanne Mccorkell, Time out from training. Courtesy: the artist and the 2014 Moran Prize

The 2014 Doug Moran Prize winners have been announced, with Melbourne artist Louise Hearman and Brisbane photographer Suzanne McCorkell the 2014 recipients.

Hearman was awarded the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize of $150,000 for her paintings of renowned Australian photographer Bill Henson (Bill 1383/1384).

Hearman said of her winning diptych: “over 30 year ago I was drawn to the lecture room at the Victorian College of the Arts by some intoxicating music, and there was Bill, playing his favourite music to the students. A great friendship began from an interest in pictures and music and we are still great friends today.”

Co-judges Edmund Capon and Lewis Miller said that “Louise’s diptych of Bill Henson was the one work we kept going back to and looking at. It is very intimate, very personal, compelling and obsessive- a little bit like both the artist and the subject.”

McCorkell is the recipient of the 2014 Moran Contemporary Photography Prize for her image of Australian paralympians Bridie Kean and Chris Bond (Time out from training), which totals $50,000 in prize money.

McCorkell explained that the winning image was part of her Scar Stories project: “Scar Stories is a collection of images which aims to empower young cancer survivors who are living daily life with the scars from cancer. Chris and Bridie are a couple and spend most of their time training… my aim was to create a warm, beautiful feeling of intimacy, whilst highlighting the difficulties that they are challenged with on a daily basis.”

The 2014 Doug Moran Prizes exhibition, which also include the winning entries in the Student section of the photography prize, are now opened to the public at Juniper Hall in Paddington until 15 Feburary 2015.

Emily Cones-Browne

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