Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017 - Art Collector

Diena Georgetti, The Humanity of Construction Painting, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, framed, 102 x 230 x 6.5cm. Courtesy of The Commercial Gallery, Sydney. Photograph by Sofia Freeman.

On 27 March, Melbourne-based artists Diena Georgetti and Kenny Pittock were announced as winners of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017 in the established artist and emerging artist categories respectively.

Now in its 21st year, the prize endeavours to establish intergenerational art networks by pairing 20 established artists with emerging artists of their choice. This year, the selection was picked by curator Callum Morton.

Georgetti’s winning painting,
The Humanity of Construction Painting (2017), is described by judge Justin Paton as “a beautiful work, exceptionally well made, which reprises and reimagines a century-long history of abstract painting on new terms.”

Kenny Pittock, Fifty-two found shopping lists written by people who need milk, 2016. Installation. Photograph by Peter Morgan. Courtesy the artist.

Whereas Georgetti has figured in Australian contemporary painting for over 30 years, Pittock’s humorous yet subversive installations are relatively new to the art world having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2013. His winning artwork, Fifty-two found shopping lists written by people who need milk (2016), reinterprets the mundane intimacy of found shopping lists into earthenware sculptures.

The exhibition is open at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery until 20 May 2017.

Marcus James

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