Mitch Cairns wins 2012 Brett Whiteley Scholarship - Art Collector

From left: Mitch Cairns Poor Mum 2012, oil on linen and One half of a woman’s waistline repeated 2012, oil on linen. Courtesy: the artist and AGNSW

18 September 2012 | Mitch Cairns is the winner of the 2012 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

The award, for young Australian painters, provides for a three-month residency in Paris and also includes a cash prize of $25,000.

The 28-year-old Sydney painter was selected by a judging panel that included artist Del Kathryn Barton and Art Gallery of New South Wales curator Wayne Tunnicliffe.

“Mitch’s curious, lyrical, figurative works are not only compelling visually, they reveal developed skill-sets vital to the mad adventure of making paintings,” says Barton. “The sensitivity of surface, composition and of paint within these works reflect a disciplined and conceptually passionate practice.”

Tom Polo’s work also caught the eye of the judges, receiving a highly commended mention.

The finalists exhibition will be on show at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney until 24 September 2012, and thereafter from 12 October to to 25 November 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

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