Jon Campbell wins $100,000 Basil Sellers - Art Collector

Jon Campbell, Dream Team, detail. Courtesy: the artist

7 August 2012 | Jon Campbell’s work Dream Team has won the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize, a biennial prize for art about sport.

Campbell’s work features the nicknames of AFL players, among them Cowboy, Buddy Love, Dipper and Daisy.

“The winning work, Jon Campbell’s compendium of nicknames of AFL legends old and new, epitomises a quintessentially Australian approach to sporting heroes: colloquial, knockabout nicknames, showing a combination of admiration and mischievous wit,” says Chris McAuliffe, the director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne where the award exhibition is being held and also one of the award’s judges.

He adds: “Hardcore fans will recognise the players’ nicknames, but all will recognise the Australian habit of casting heroes as the bloke next door.”

The other finalists were Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Pat Macan, Louise Hearman, Greg Creek, Eugene Carchesio, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Simon Perry, Kerrie Poliness, Patrick Pound, Christian Thompson, Sangeeta Sandrasegar.

The award exhibition continues 4 November 2012 at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne.

Jane O'Sullivan

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