Neil Taylor wins $10,000 Gosford Art Prize - Art Collector

Neil Taylor, The Source. Courtesy: the artist

17 October 2011 | Landscape painter Neil Taylor has won the $10,000 Gosford Art Prize, judged by Ron Ramsey, the director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.

Taylor’s painting
The Source was selected from a field of 615 entries.

Ramsey comments: “This mysterious landscape is totally enchanting. [Using] a limited and unusual palette, the artist has chosen his subject very carefully depicting a number of complex and ethereal elements – darkness, water and light.

“The painting is full of contrasts – it is smooth and highly finished and yet has areas of texture, it is in part abstract and yet realistic, it is dark and yet light, it is defined and then unfocussed and we appear to look both on the surface and below water.

“The viewer can only guess the location of
The Source but it is seems to flow from an isolated and almost mystical location.”

The award exhibition continues at the Gosford Regional Gallery until 27 November 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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