Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chalk Horse artists in Metro Art Award 2010

Chalk Horse is pleased to announce Dane Lovett and Julian Meagher are finalists in the Metro Art Award 2010 to be exhibited from July 25- August 15 and will be on at the same time as we're down for the Melbourne Art Fair!

Dane Lovett "Last Days"2010  152cm x 152cm Acrylic on Canvas

Julian Meagher "Born To Breed" 2010 120cm x 120cm Acrylic on Canvas

The Metro Art Award is a painting prize and has been running since 2003 with the inaugural winner being another Chalk Horse represented artist Yvette Coppersmith. Now in its 8th year, the Metro Art Award is one of Australia's richest art awards for emerging artists and has helped launch the careers of many past winners and finalists alike. Chalk Horse artist Fergus Binns notably won the award in 2008 receiving great critical response for his work and airtime on the abc. His recent show with us in February was a breakout entitles "Toy Paintings". Binns has a really interesting take on painting as a medium; "Natural elements won't decay the painting/materials over a short time with the conservation of artwork making them last perhaps thousands of years beyond myself, which I have trouble accepting. So, I have incorporated that as a kind of acknowledgment of my own mortality and that of the painting, and by killing or mummifying the image I find it easier to accept that, I’m getting older, decaying and one day I’ll die and fuck you painting, I’ll kill you before you kill me, but I'm glad you will live on."
Fergus Binns "Artist Canvas" 2009 mixed media in canvas 50 x 50 cm

For this year's award, the former Victorian Premier Jeffrey Kennett will head the judging panel and three other judges have been brought in to decide upon the winning entries. 27 finalists have been selected for 2010 and are to be exhibited to a nation wide audience for three weeks at Metro Gallery. 

2003 winner Yvette Coppersmith has a forthcoming exhibition at Chalk Horse to be onpened on July 22 entitled "Loft Suite" with a sneak preview below.

Yvette Coppersmith "Lock in II" 2010 Oil on Linen

Metro Art Award winner from 2009 Jackson Slattery will be shown in the 2010 MCA Primavera exhibition and recently previewed this piece at Chalk Horse show "The Nothing" curated by Kelly Fliedner of West Space.

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