Guirguis New Art Prize and Bulgari Art Award winners announced - Art Collector

Ash Keating, West Park Proposition #1, 2012. Type C photograph, 120 x 80cm, edition of 5. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

17 April 2013 | There have been two art prizes awarded in the last week.

Ash Keating been awarded the inagural Guirguis New Art Prize for his video installation
West Park Proposition, pictured above, that shows Keating painting a two-story high warehouse in Truganina.

The prize is a $20,000 acquisitive award initiated by Ballarat surgeon Mark Guirguis and administered by the University of Ballarat. Keating's winning work has also been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Monash Museum of Art.

The award's exhibition, which features shortlisted artists including Angelica Mesiti and Richard Lewer, will run until 19 May at the University of Ballarat and and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Jon Cattapan, Imagine a Raft (Hard Rubbish 4+5), 2012. Oil on linen, 140 x 140cm each panel, triptych. Courtesy: the artist and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

The second Bulgari Art Award has been won by Jon Cattapan's work Imagine a Raft (Hard Rubbish). Pictured above, it is a triptych that was painted over the course of five years.

The award, sponsored by Bulgari and administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is used by the gallery to acquire a significant painting by a mid-career artist. The award consists of $50,000 for the acquisition of the painting and an additional $30,000 for a residency for the artist in Italy.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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