Josh Foley wins Glover landscape prize - Art Collector

Josh Foley with his winning work Gee's Lookout.

14 March 2011 | Launceston-based painter Josh Foley has won Tasmania’s Glover Prize for landscape painting. Foley wins $35,000 and the winning work, titled Gee’s Lookout, has also been acquired for the Glover collection.

The judging panel – which comprised curators Anthony Bond and Francis Parker, along with Marie Sierra, the head of UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inveresk – commented that the work was unlike others in this year’s prize because it investigated how paint behaves and the viewer reads it.

Speaking about the work, Foley says the view from Gee's Lookout offers two ways of seeing Tasmania: "On the one hand old and mysterious on the other new."

He is keen to find who Gee was and what was he looking at. "There is this sense of looking forward and looking backwards at the same time. The layering builds up a history on the surface as debris left in the area depicted has been built up by histories. The image you see in the windows is actually a reflection of glass. So the reflected view in the windows is what is being seen and the part around it is the sentiment?"

Foley was selected from a field of 45 finalists including Nicholas Blowers, Andrew Browne, Jonathan Kimberley, Caroline Rannersberger, Stephanie Tabram and Helen Wright.

Jane O'Sullivan

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