Liam Benson wins Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award - Art Collector

Liam Benson, A Christian Country, 2011. C Type print, edition of 5, 61 x 91cm. Assisted by Steven Cook. Courtesy: the artist and Artereal Gallery, Sydney

11 July 2011 | Liam Benson has won the 2011 Hazelhurst Art Award. The $20,000 prize, which is awarded annually to a work on paper, is open to both Australian and international artists.

Benson is a Sydney-based performance artist who documents his work through photography, video and new media.

His winning work,
A Christian Country, is a digital print featuring the artist clad in body paint representing the Australian flag and wearing a tiara bearing the words “A Christian Country”. The work focuses on national as well as gender identity.

This year close to 700 entries were received with 70 selected for exhibtion, among them works by Joel Gailer, Nana Ohnesorge, eX de Medici, Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Teo Treloar and Locust Jones.

Benson was selected as the winner by judge Ben Quilty.

The finalists exhibition continues until 14 August 2011 at the Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery in Gymea in southern Sydney.

Jane O'Sullivan

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