People's choice announced for Mt Buller Sculpture and Burnie Print prizes - Art Collector

Christabel Wigley, Irene, 2013, charred cypress and steel. Courtesy: the artist and Mt Buller Sculpture Park, Victoria.

8 May 2013 | There have been two people's choice prizes awarded in the last week.

Christabel Wigley has won the people’s choice for the inaugural Mount Buller Sculpture Award for her charred cypress and steel work
Irene. The sculpture, pictured above, is a visual articulation of Christabel’s fascination with the Japanese painting Great Wave of Kanagawa, echoing an inherent interest in the depiction of scale while subverting the limitations of her chosen materials.

The people’s choice for the Mt Buller Sculpture Award is a $10,000 acquisitive prize. The public exhibition of sculptures included 22 shortlisted works, including Louis Pratt’s work
Voyeur, which won the $100,000 main prize in February.

The concept for the park and sculpture award was developed by artistic adviser and consultant Jonah Jones, who has facilitated many major arts projects including Moët et Chandon Art Foundation, Melbourne Art Fair and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Rew Hanks, Krefft's Chair, 2013, linocut. Courtesy: the artist and Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania.

The people's choice for the 2013 Burnie Print Prize has been won by Rew Hanks’ work Krefft’s Chair, pictured above. Hanks’ artistic practice is characterised by his figurative and highly detailed linocuts laden with historical references - Krefft's Chair visualises an anecdote about Australia's first zoologist and palentologist Gerard Krefft. When Krefft was fired from his post as director of the Australian Museum in 1874 he refused to leave and was reputedly carried out from the museum while still sitting in his chair.

For the first time since the inception of the prize in 2007, the public was given the opportunity to cast their vote for their favourite work. The gallery hopes to permanently feature the people's choice award in forthcoming Burnie Print Prizes.

Rachel Ingham

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