Clifton Mack wins RBS Emerging Artist Prize - Art Collector

31 October 2011 | Clifton Mack has won the 2011 Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award for his acrylic on canvas Jarman Island Sunset III.

Mack receives a $10,000 cash prize and a round-the-world airline ticket. He also earns a place in an international development program.

Mack’s painting was selected from over 50 works by a judging panel comprising Edmund Capon from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art curator Glenn Barkley and artist Jasper Knight along with executives from RBS.

Macks work uses a Pilbara sytle to render a coastal environment in warm, natural colours. It's one of a number of recent works that depict the Jarman Island Lighthouse.

Mack’s choice of subject matter reflects both his ties to the local community and the area’s colonial history – the lighthouse is a symbol of navigation and trade, but also of strategic mapping and ownership. As Glenn Barkley notes: “The artist’s use of Indigenous and non-Indigenous motifs is particularly striking.”

Joan Ross's entry was highly commended and the RBS Client Choice Award went to Craig Waddell wfor his oil on linen work
Saint Anthony. Troy Emery won the RBS Employee's Choice Award.

Joanna Lowry

Above: Clifton Mack, Jarman Island Sunset III. Courtesy: the artist

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