Blue Lake 15, 16 jenolan caves series, conte pastel on paper 18x27cm diptych 2015
Judge David Middlebrook’s comments: Meredith Cooper’s delicate work on paper, Blue Lake 13, Jenolan Caves, is a beautifully realised painting, a tonal work that carefully balances detail and colour. It evokes and triggers a memory in the viewer, that will take all of us back to a place and a time, a bush walk, a picnic, time spent with a loved one, good art always evokes memory. Its surface is fascinating. More than this, it has the ability to evoke meditation in both the viewer and the artist. It allows time out in an ever increasingly crazy world.
Judge: Phillip Adams said –
“….most popular painting….differing from almost all the others in its poetic and romantic feeling….a painting to walk into…and wander around.”
the Norvill is an Australian Landscape Prize, $15000 will be awarded to First prize.
My entry is ‘Cathedral of Ferns 8’ oil on canvas 120x120cm price $5000.
Opening And prize giving Friday 3rd Oct 6.30pm $15 entry.
Exhibition of finalists at RSL Hall Murrurundi NSW
from 3rd of Oct to 26th Oct weekends only
‘Understory,Fairy Dell’ diptych watercolour on Blue Lake rag paper w39cmxh26cm.
As an artist who often works in watercolour this painting appealed.
It demonstrated how a watercolour, a difficult and demanding medium can when it is successful operate in an aesthetic realm like no other medium. The painting suggests knowledge of that great Romantic landscape tradition of watercolour. The transparent colours and rich translucent shadow suggest an enclosed woodland glade dazzling with filtered light, suggesting both a sense of sinister and imaginative magic. It shows that delightful relationship where technique and intention are synonymous with each aspect influencing and being dependant on the other. This was a watercolour I would have been proud to have made. Graham Marchant.
Judge’s comments: “The very strong vertical composition and beautiful line-work took me straight to the place. It evoked my own memories of being in the bush, that sense of looking up with a feeling of joy and relief that I was near the top of the ridge. Also, I love the way Meredith has handled the light coming through the trees as it adds to the dominant presence of the central rock form. Either of Meredith’s works were well deserving of a prize.” Leo Robba