Joe Furlonger wins Stan & Maureen Duke Prize - Art Collector

Joe Furlonger, Bridge to Bribie, 2010. Synthetic polymer paint, pigment on canvas, 145 x 203cm. Courtesy: the artist and Ray Hughes Gallery,

6 December 2010 | Joe Furlonger has won the 2010 Stan & Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize for a painting titled Bridge to Bribie.

Judge Geoffrey Cassidy, the director of Artbank, praised Furlonger as an “instinctive painter”.

“This work engaged me on a number of levels – the sophisticated palette and layering of paint, the confident sweep of the bridge and the evocative glow of the distant mountains. Joe has developed a clear artistic voice and this work simply sings.”

The prize is one of Australia’s longest running acquisitive awards and is open to all forms of contemporary art, except photography. (Photography is recognised in a sister award, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.)

This year, the field of 63 finalists included Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Yvette Coppersmith, Claudia Damichi, Ken Yonetani and Caroline Rannersberger. Almost half the selected works were paintings.

The Gold Coast City Art Gallery will acquire works by Dane Lovett, Nerissa Lea, Victoria Reichelt and Waratah Leahy.

The award exhibition will run to 6 February 2011 at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

During January, Furlonger will also be giving a one-day masterclasses at Artspace in the Gold Coast Arts Centre. Finalists Dane Lovett and Kirra Jamison will also present classes. Tickets are $100. For dates and more information call 07 5588 4000.

Jane O'Sullivan

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