Quilty and Doley reign at the 2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize - Art Collector

Ben Quilty, Dad, 2012. Oil on Linen. 190 x 140cm.

2 May 2012 l Ben Quilty won the 2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize today with a portrait of his father. Sydneysider Kelly Doley won the emerging artist category with a work that’s a combination of painting, installation and performance. Both prizewinners were selected from a pool of 47 artists across Australia and New Zealand winning a combined $31,000 in prize money.

This year’s judging panel consisted of senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rachel Kent, National Art School curator, Katie Dyer and Redlands visual arts teachers Mark Harpley and Fabian Byrne. Artist Lindy Lee curated the winners exhibition which is on show at the National Art School in Darlinghurst.

Quilty took out the top prize worth $20,000 with a moving portrait of his father. Rachel Kent says the work is “surprisingly frank” drawing on Quilty’s skill compositional and technical mastery.

“Often his subjects are family and friends, painted with a characteristically spare, impasto style – thick, textured sweeps of paint against an unadorned background, in which the contrast of shadow and light creates visual depth,’ said Kent.

Doley’s winning work The Learning Centre: 49 Things Learnt About Humans took out the emerging artists prize. Doley, who is also a founding member of the performance and video collaboration Brown Council says, “Over the past two years, I have undertaken an ongoing investigation into the sorts of principles, objectives and knowledge people uphold in order to find or maintain meaning in their lives…The book is a collation of everything I have learnt and includes quotes from Anarchists, to Christians, scientists and artists to Life Coaches and Shamans. Some profound, some banal.’

Both works will be acquired by the Redlands Art Gallery’s permanent collection and will show at the National Art School until 2 August 2012.

Amy Yang


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