Finalists announced for $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize

September 15 / 167

Abdul Abdullah, The man 2013, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 x 120 cm, © Courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne
Abdul Abdullah, The man 2013, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 x 120 cm, © Courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

 

Seventeen finalists have been selected for the fifth Basil Sellers Art Prize, to be exhibited at the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art from July 2016

 

 

Over 240 artists submitted entries for the $100,000 prize, one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious art awards, supported by businessman, philanthropist, sports enthusiast and art collector Basil Sellers.

Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Kelly Gellatly, said the Prize supported artists whose work explored Australia’s obsession with sport.

“The work of the seventeen finalists conveys aspects of sport, sporting culture and sporting life in the very best of contemporary Australian art.

“The 2016 exhibition promises to be diverse and exciting, and we look forward to working with all the shortlisted artists to present their unique, engaging, complex and surprising studies of sport,” she said.

The selected finalists now have 10 months to complete their work, which will be exhibited at the Ian Potter Museum of Art from July to November 2016. The winner will be announced at the exhibition gala opening.

An additional $5000 People’s Choice Award will be voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

The shortlisted artists are: Abdul Abdullah, Jane Brown, Kate Daw and Stewart Russell, Shaun Gladwell, Rew Hanks, Dana Harris, Grant Hobson, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Laith McGregor, Fiona McMonagle, Eamon O'Toole, Trent Parke and Narelle Autio, David Ray, and Vipoo Srivilasa.

Judges include: Kelly Gellatly, Director, the Ian Potter Museum of Art; Christine Clark, Exhibition Manager, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Maurice O’Riordan, Director, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin; Chris Langford, Former AFL footballer, current AFL Commissioner; and Dr Chris McAuliffe, representative of the Sellers Group and Professor of Art, ANU.

Story by Louise Bennet

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