Prudence Flint's scrambled eggs wins Portia Geach - Art Collector

Prudence Flint, Scrambled egg, 2010. Oil on linen, 127 x 102cm. Courtesy: the artist

28 September 2010 | Painter Prudence Flint has been named the winner of the 2010 Portia Geach Memorial Award for her work Scrambled egg. The award is open to female Australian artists and is restricted to portraits.

Flint’s painting depicts a woman beating eggs, with broken eggshells scattered across the kitchen table around her. She notes: “In this painting I wanted to capture the intimate act of transforming one thing into another.”

The judging panel, which included SH Ervin Gallery’s Louise Tegart and painter John Beard, praised the work for its integrity and honesty. “The self portrait is the work of a gifted and highly accomplished artist who has a real understanding of paint as a medium,” the panel noted. “The beautifully composed work invites contemplation and rewards extended viewing. It references paintings in art history as well as portraying a universal moment in the life of a woman with gentleness.”

Also commended were Nerissa Lea's
Hung and Sally Ross's Eliza.

The award exhibition features the work of 48 finalists and runs until 7 November at Sydney’s SH Ervin Gallery.

Jane O'Sullivan

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