A past Archibald winner and former Dobell Drawing Prize winner are among the 32 Benalla Nude painting prize finalists.JOHN LEWIS March 27, 2014 4:02am
Benalla Art Gallery has announced short-listed finalists for the much-anticipated Benalla Nude $50
The 32 finalists include a mix of established artists and lesser-known painters, including at least one from the Benalla district.
They have been selected from more than 600 entries submitted from across Australia, including several from the Goulburn Valley, since entries closed on February 21 for the bold new art prize.
The non-acquisitional prize is the brainchild of Benalla artist Ivan Durrant who has said he believes the competition will put the town on the nation’s art world map.
Artistic styles for the inaugural prize vary from realism to expressionist in a variety of mediums from traditional oil to acrylic, water colour and mixed media on canvas, paper, board, paper and linen.
Benalla district artist Erin Buckley’s Political Self, acrylic and acrylic gloss on canvas, is one of the selected works National Portrait Gallery board member Daniel Thomas will judge.
The winner of the non-acquisitional prize is due to be announced on April 10.
The winning entry and other short-listed works will then be exhibited from April 11 until June 27 at Benalla Art Gallery.
Mr Thomas said he would be judging the works two days before the April 10 announcement.
Well-known artists in the final selection include former Archibald winner Wendy Sharpe, Melbourne artist and former winner of the Dobell Drawing Prize Godwin Bradbeer, Chilean-born Juan Davila who has work on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and traditional figure painter Andrew Bonneau, whose work is represented in collections across the world.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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