Grace Cossington Smith Art Award announced - Art Collector

Dr Mark Titmarsh, Light from Light. Part 1-3, 2016. Acrylic and automotive polish on aluminium, 110 x 90cm each. Courtesy: Grace Cossington Smith Gallery Award.

On November 5, 2016 judges Rhonda Davis and Dr Andrew Frost together with gallery director Mary Faith announced that Dr Mark Titmarsh was the 2016 recipient of the third annual Grace Cossington Smith art award for his triptych Light from Light, Part 1-3.

The judges deemed the work as “an outstanding winner” and “a timely work combining many different elements, with aspects of scientific and mathematical thinking and links to traditional art practice.”

As winner of the prize, Titmarsh will receive AU$15,000. The artist’s practice spans across painting, screen media and writing and his work is held in various public collections across Australia and in private collections abroad in Europe and the United States.

Born in 1955 in Ingham, Australia, Titmarsh has played an active role in the Australian art community over the last two decades. In the 1990s he co-founded a group called Art Hotline that exhibited ephermal works outside of the traditional gallery space. He has been active in defending the rights of artists, emphasizing their vital role in shaping the cultural landscape of the nation.

Other finalists of the prize included Nick Collerson, David Collins, Ben Denham, Shoufay Derz, Kate Downhill, John Edwards, Dongwang Fan, Ashleigh Garwood, Eloise Kirk, Owen Leong, Laura Moore, Deb Mostert, Marisa Purcell and Genevieve Felix Reynolds.

Emma O'Neill
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