Some kind of record, 2017
Acrylic painted on found filing boards
118 x 99 cm
Mosman Art Prize - one of Australia's most coveted art awards - has been won by contemporary artist, Jumaadi.
The Sydney-based, Indonesian born artist was awarded the $50,000 major prize for 'Some kind of record', a mixed-media artwork which explores the artist's cultural roots while displaying a refreshingly honest and open approach to storytelling.
Jumaadi joins a remarkable roll call of previous prize winners and his winning work will now enter the celebrated Mosman Art Collection. Come and view Jumaadi's award-winning artworks alongside the works of over 80 aspiring and emerging artists at the Mosman Art Prize 2017 exhibition, now showing at the Mosman Art Gallery. Entry FREE.
My family's journey, 2017
Acrylic on linen
99 x 200cm
The Mosman Art Prize first started in 1947 when there were very few opportunities for artists to exhibit their work or even avenues to come together and form connections. The Prize was very quickly adopted and accepted amongst the artist community as one of a quartet of major art prizes along with the Archibald, Wynne and the Sulman.
Since then the Mosman Art Prize has grown in stature over 70 years to become an acquisitive art prize of national significance with a collection which reads like a who's who of Australian art. Previous winners include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Frank Hinder, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, John Caldwell, Margo Lewers, Earle Backen, Ken Reinhard, Fan Dongwang, Elisabeth Cummings, Janet Dawson, Cressida Campbell, John Bartley, Jenny Sages, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Lucy Culliton, Guan Wei, Noel McKenna, Adam Cullen, Tom Carment, James Powditch, Jasper Knight, Craig Waddell, Kerrie Lester, David Fairbairn, Rachel Ellis, Michael Muir and Alan Jones. Michael Zavros won the prize in 2016.
Urban industrial fragments, 2017
Oil on aluminium
160 x 95cm
Jumaadi revealed his work was inspired by his study travels between rural New South Wales, his home studio in Sydney's Mosman and regular excursions to Java. The work continues Jumaadi's interest in the history of migration and exchange between Australia and Indonesia.
"The works are acrylic painted on found filing boards that I sourced in Cowra 2013 during a residency program. The focus of my residency was to trace the history of 1,200 Indonesian political prisoners previously detained in Dutch New Guinea and taken to Cowra in 1943 by the Dutch. They were arrested in the late 1920s after political agitation against the colonial government in the Dutch East Indies. As stated in the book of Jan Lingard, some prisoners made it home after the war, some remained in Australia, and some died as soon as they arrived in Cowra. This residency followed my encounter with some poetry written by the prisoners. The descriptions of the landscape in their poetry about the hills, the mist and the wind, is actually one of the earliest portrayals I have encountered of Indonesians responding to the Australian landscape, especially in NSW."
Oil on linen
83 x 67cm
A new Commendation Prize of $10,000, The Margaret Olley Award, was offered this year to honour the late great Australian painter who was the inaugural winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 1947. Donated by The Margaret Olley Trust, this prize has awarded to Aboriginal artist Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty (Batjamal), from Bulgul, NT.
Further awards given this were The Allan Gamble Memorial Award (for Built Environment) $3,000 to Glenn Locklee (Sydney) and the Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artist Award, won by Clara Adolphs (Sydney).Selected finalists this year include Wendy Sharpe, Fan Dongwang, John Bokor, Tony Costa, Peter Gardiner, Alan Jones, Blak Douglas, Anh Do, Nigel Sense, Ashley Frost, Kevin McKay, Tom Carment, Bridget Dolan, Ken Done, Peter Godwin, Paul Ryan and Martin King.
Tradies sublime, 2017
oil on board
122 x 137cm
The Mosman Art Prize 2017 is now open daily from 10am to 5pm until Sunday 29 October 2017.
Selected artworks are available for sale and a great way to build your personal art collection. Monies raised also support the Gallery's education programs. The Mosman Art Society Viewer's Choice Award $1,000 will be announced prior to exhibition closing.
For more information on the exhibition and special events, please visit www.mosmanartgallery.org.au
Rob's story #5 Narara Music Festival 1984, 2017
acrylic on canvas
140 x 120 cm