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Queensland Figurative 2014

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Queensland art lovers are in for a treat when an exhibition showcasing finalists in the new Queensland Figurative 2014 competition opens in October. Launched by the Royal Queensland Art Society, the first Queensland Figurative 2014 has attracted a large number of high quality entries, thanks to the competition's $10,000 cash prize.

Former Archibald Prize winning painter Wendy Sharpe will judge the inaugural competition, which will provide a space for artists producing representational (rather than abstract) works. Sharpe describes a figurative painting as one containing 'something you can recognise'. She says: 'I'll be looking at all those formal composition things but also I'll be asking: What was the artist's idea, what were they trying to do, and have they achieved it? It's not about style, it's about coming up with an idea and expressing it fully.'

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A Lady. Image courtesy Glen Gillard.

Members of the public will be able to view entries during the exhibition which runs from 1-11 October 2014. A wide range of subjects will be on display, with moods ranging from fun-filled through to poignant.

Sharpe says organisers will be trying to hang as many works as possible for the duration of the event. 'It's a very educational opportunity for artists to see their work out of their studio and amongst other people's paintings in a different area,' she explains. 'When you view your art work somewhere new and among others you see it freshly and notice things about it that you've never seen before.'

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The Blanket. Image courtesy Sheree Ross.

Two works by Pauline Adair - the breathtaking Embrace and Play of Light - will be exhibited as part of Queensland Figurative 2014. 'I'm basically self-taught, taking inspiration from old masters as well as modern day artists,' she explains. 'I live for art - I love to look at it, and I love to create it.' And if you'd like how to do it, Adair also leads workshops in life drawing, figure drawing, painting and portraits. 'I don't want to go to my grave with my paintings still inside me!'

Another artist with two works in the competition - A Lady and Bring it On - is Glen Gillard. An award-winning artist, Gillard's preferred mediums are oil, water colour and pastel. He describes himself as equally excited by and interested in urban and rural landscape, seascape, portraiture and still life. His portrait of wife Verna was selected for the Doug Moran Portrait contest in 1990.

The exhibition will be at the Royal Queensland Art Society's Petrie Terrace gallery. Entry is free.

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Embrace. Image courtesy Pauline Adair.


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When: 1-11 October 2014
Phone: 07 3367 1977
Where: Unit 3, 162 Petrie Tce, Brisbane, Qld 4000
Cost: Free entry
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