Anne Judell wins Dobell - Art Collector

Anne Judell, Breath. Pastel, graphite, triptych, each 52 x 37cm. Courtesy: the artist

5 December 2011 | Anne Judell is the winner of the 2011 Dobell Prize for drawing for her work Breath, a triptych in pastel on paper. She wins $25,000.

Her work was selected by guest judge Guy Warren. He comments: “Although there are many works in this year’s Dobell which call urgently for serious consideration, the chosen work demands attention by calling softly.

“In a world of clashes and chaos this work speaks of something different. With dense layers and subtle surfaces it talks of the mystery of growth, of essences and fragility, of quiet contemplation. It is like a thought once understood and lost, which one tries to grasp again.”

This year there were 734 entries, a record for the prize, and 49 were selected for exhibition, including work by Allan Mitelman, GW Bot, Dagmar Cyrulla and Peter Gardiner.

The finalists exhibition continues at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 5 February 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

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