Congratulations to Ben Winspear for winning the VAS Winter Exhibition 2020.
Highly Commended: Susan Morris, Melissa Fraser, Joe Blundell, Julian Bruere, Mike Kowalski, Eros Anceschi, Chris White and Lisa Wang.
Sculpture Award: Rachel Robertson
Highly Commended: Maxine Wain
'Arts and Leisure', watercolour by Mike Kowalski, Highly Commended Award
'Banksia', oil on canvas by Susan Morris, Highly Commended Award
'Baristas at Brunetti, Melbourne' oil on canvas by Lisa Wang, Highly Commended Award
'Ghost Ship' oil on canvas by Melissa Fraser, Highly Commended Award
'Pt. Addis Morning' oil by Chris White, Highly Commended Award
'Somewhere only we know' oil on linen by Joe Blundell, Highly Commended Award
'Wattle Hill', oil on linen by Eros Anceschi, Highly Commended Award
'Snowgums—Mt Torbreck', watercolour by Julian Bruere, Highly Commended Award
Congratulations to Susan Sutton for winning the VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition 2020.
Highly Commended Awards were presented to Paul Laspagis, Ray Hewitt, Ian Wilson, Linda Weil, Hsin Lin, and Heather Towns.
Sculpture Award was presented to Zoja Trofimiuk. Maxine Wain received the Highly Commended Award for sculpture.
'Labyrinth', oil on linen by Susan Sutton
‘A Life Time Journey’, acylic by Hsin Lin
'The Forest’, Oil on canvas by Paul Laspagis
‘Moralana’, acrylic by Raw Hewitt
‘Westgate, viewed from Kline Street’, acrylic by Ian Wilson
'Flight of the Wingnuts’, pencil by Linda Weil
‘Uranium Glass’, acrylic by Heather Towns
‘Crackling’, by Maxine Wain
'Vanity’, bronze and glass by Zoja Trofimiuk
Congratulations to Jennifer Fyfe for winning the VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award 2019.
This exhibition is by invitation only. To be eligible artists must have exhibited in at least 2 of the seasonal shows and received the highest number of votes during these shows. The VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award is awarded to the artist gaining the most votes for all exhibitions including the VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year Exhibition.
Jennifer Fyfe: 2019 Mavis Little Artist of the Year Prize Winner
‘I’d like to thank the Little family for their generous support. Without the support of benefactors such as yourselves, artists would not have the opportunity to improve and push boundaries. Your gift gives us the privilege to stand back and take a breath and sit and ponder. To visit new places, to delve into new materials and to explore new ideas without financial constraint. It is a gift of freedom that you have given me and I am very grateful.
‘It is support that sustains us as artists. For me personally it is the support of my family. My Husband, my rock, who is patient and encouraging, Mum and Dad who have helped out with buying frames and drilling and screwing in hooks and my three teenage sons who are brutally, brutally honest in their critique.
‘The VAS is a place where I have been mentored and inspired. Here there are shoulders to lean on and companions to laugh with. The artistic support here has undoubtedly improved my work.
‘But from now on we are supported in a new manner as artists. We are now supported by the fabric of the building itself. We exhibit in these renovated galleries with pride and with an understanding that we are part of Australian art history. This sense of pride has only come about through the generosity of our fundraising donors—thank you—and also the dedication of Eileen, Hylton, Rosa, Ray, Chris, Mark and members of the VAS council. Thank you for your long hours and hard work. Eileen, this restoration project has been your vision and it is your drive and enthusiasm that has culminated in the magnificent, graceful gallery we are enjoying today. Without you, none of this would have been possible.
‘I think we are in for some exciting times ahead.’
2019 Sculptor of the Year Prize
Ellen Jenkins has a Diploma of Arts in Fashion and has worked in the Fashion Industry for nearly forty years. It was at RMIT that she started Life Drawing which increased her interest in the human figure. Ellen worked in Watercolour for many years and then discovered Clay and Sculpture about 13 years ago. She loves working in 3D and gets very excited about every new block of Clay she opens.
Design Framing Members Choice Prize
Julian Bruere continues to enjoy his participation in the VAS as a painter—it has always provided artists with a purpose. The AOTY is the culmination of entries in the seasonal exhibitions and sees a suite of three works exhibited in the final exhibition. Julian always like to present his very best work on these occasions and feels honoured to have won the AOTY Award on three occasions.
Noel Waite AO Exhibitors Choice Prize
Ron Reynolds is an artist whose prime objective is to create rather than copy. Working from drawings done before the chosen motif, Ron departs from reality and explores the abstract qualities of the chosen work. Diebenkorn, Catherlin, Hollan & Morandi inspire his work.
Ron was awarded the VAS Artist of the Year Award in 1996.
Congratulations to Jennifer Fyfe for winning the VAS Spring Exhibition 2019.
Highly Commended: Ron Reynolds, Ray Wilson, Lisa Wang, Rosa Wong, Mike Kowalski, Clive Sinclair
Congratulations to Robert House for winning the VAS Spring Sculpture Award 2019.
Highly Commended: Anthony Kim, Ellen Jenkins
'Dance of the Bricole', oil by Jennifer Fyfe
'Clouds gathering in the middle of the sumit but the peak is still clear', Chinese Ink on paper by Rosa Wong
'Native still life', oil by Ray Wilson
'Silently flows the Yarra', oil by Ron Reynolds
'Mushroom Reed backlit' oil by Mike Kowalski
'Westernport', oil by Clive Sinclair
'Final Effort', oil by Lisa Wang
SCULPTURE AWARD WINNER
'Homage to Adam Cullen', Granite and Italian Marble by Robert House
'Unforgiving summer', wood by Anthony Kim
'Ten Year Drought', raku by Ellen Jenkins