Jacky Redgate wins Bowness Prize - Art Collector

Jacky Redgate, Light throw mirrors #4, 2011. Chromogenic print, 126 x 158cm. Courtesy: the artist; William Wright Artists, Sydney; and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

21 September 2011 | Sydney photographer Jacky Redgate has won the $25,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for a work from her Light throw (mirrors) series.

The photograph is a large still life created by throwing light from silver, bronze and grey mirrors onto brightly coloured 1960s tupperware containers, creating what Redgate describes as “a cosmos or cosmology of objects”.

Judge and Monash Gallery of Art director Shaune Lakin notes: “In the end the judging process came down to two photographs, both amazing pictures. We gave the $25 000 first prize to Jacky Redgate’s picture because it is virtually flawless as a photograph.

“At the same time the picture challenges many of the expectations we have about what a photograph is. It’s a highly ambitious photograph, and an extremely worthy winner of the country’s most significant photography prize.”

Her work was selected from a field of 37 finalists including Selina Ou, Claudia Terstappen, Martin Smith and Julie Rrap.

Jane O'Sullivan

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