Laith McGregor wins $15,000 works on paper prize - Art Collector

21 August 2012 | Laith McGregor has won the 2012 National Work on Paper Prize, a $15,000 award run by Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

The unusual work, called
The Astronomer, comprises a biro drawing on paper slung to the frame of a deckchair. “As the astronomer gazes into the sky we are all invited to participate in this journey of possible discovery and probable disappointment in that which is unfathomable,” says gallery director and member of the judging panel Jane Alexander.

“The reclining figure of a naked man on a deck chair is at once recognisable but, upon closer inspection, there are elements that unsettle; that provoke reaction, response and correspondingly many questions that are, possibly, unanswerable.”

The work has now been acquired for the gallery’s collection along with pieces by Locust Jones, Irene Hanenbergh, Peter Griziwotz, Ralf Kempken, Fiona McMonagle and Patrick Pound.

The works of the 62 finalists will remain on view at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until 7 October 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Laith McGregor, The Astronomer, 2010. Biro on paper, wood, rope and screws, 260 x 100 x 200cm (variable). Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

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