Fiony Lowry wins Fleurieu Art Prize - Art Collector

Fiona Lowry, Alone With You, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 182 x 152cm. Courtesy: the artist, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide and the Fleurieu Art Prize, South Australia

30 October 2013 | Fiona Lowry has won the 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize for her work Alone With You, pictured above.

The Fleurieu Art Prize is the world's richest landscape painting prize, with the main award worth $60,000. This year's judging panel was led by Nigel Hurst, director of Saatchi Gallery in London. Joining him on the panel was Erica Green, director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide and Michael Zavros, renowned Queensland artist.

Speaking about Lowry's winning work, Hurst said that "her strong record of making these arresting and sometimes disturbing landscapes make her a very worthy winner ... we are all delighted that this significant prize should go to such a talented young artist at an important stage in her career."

Lowry won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2008. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Artbank, and private collections throughout the country.

Madison Bycroft, Songs for Tounji, 2013. Courtesy: the artist and Wirra Wirra Vineyards, South Australia

Emerging South Australian artist Madison Bycroft was awarded the Fleurieu Youth Sculpture Commission for 2013. This continues a stellar year for Bycroft - she recently received the prestigious Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and has been selected to participate in the key Sydney biennale satellite event SafARI. Her work Songs for Tounji, pictured above, will be installed on the Wirra Wirra Vineyard grounds during the Fleurieu Art Prize festivities.

The 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize recieved 1226 entries, with 120 artists shortlisted. These artists include Sally Gabori, Neil Frazer, Aida Tomescu, Richard Lewer, Chris Langlois and Tim Johnson. Their works are on display throughout the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula region - click
here for details. The exhibition is on display until 25 November.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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