Highly Commended Awards were announced on the Victorian Artists Society Facebook page for the following artists: Susan Morris, Melissa Fraser, Joe Blundell, Julian Bruere, Mike Kowalski, Eros Anceschi, Chris White and Lisa Wang. Maxine Wain received a Highly Commended Award for her Sculpture.
The 2020 Winter Exhibition is a select Exhibition, with practising artists' voting going towards the $10,000 Victorian Artists Society Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award.
Judge Herman Pekel
Born in Melbourne in 1956 to Dutch parents, Herman showed an early interest in art which led him in his youth to studying plein-air (open air) oil painting with Roger Webber, Ernest Buckmaster and Lance McNeill. The raw experience of working (respectively) with them on location brought to the fore his passion for the 'freedom of spontaneity' and the rigour of speedily capturing the fleeting glow and illuminating impact of subtle shifts of light across the landscape.
Herman is a tonal realist who paints in impressionist style. He paints in oils, watercolour, and acrylic media. He is a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.