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The 8th Prospect Portrait Prize

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the 8th Prospect Portrait prize
The Prospect Portrait Prize is a non-acquisitive prize staged biennially by Prospect Gallery. It is a great exhibition space, branching right off of the main library. Now in its 8th year, this prize showcases contemporary portraits in a variety of mediums.

Prospect Portrait Gallery
Prospect Gallery- Hosting the 8th Prospect Portrait Prize

These works may not always conform to showcasing the outward appearance of the subject. That is why I find this prize so appealing.

Amanda Radomi painting
Amanda Radomi- Be still my bleeding heart

Admanda Raomis' work is a large synthetic polymer on canvas dot painting. Her heart is protected by her culture, which is signified by the intricate painted dots that radiate outward.

Steve Salo self portrait
Steve Salo- Self

Steve Salo's work is an oil on canvas work is composed of thickly applied brushstrokes, flicked on the surface of the canvas. It carries with it the description; Self Portrait- a day when hope and promise conquered fear and overwhelm. Salo is a contemporary painter best known for his emotive portraiture. In this work we see him staring up at the sky his mouth open and eyes wide.

Donovan Christie portrait
Donovan Christie- The Equestrian portrait of the Count Duke of Goodwood

Donovan Christie is a well known contemporary South Australian artist. In this work he pays homage, in his own way to a Diego Velazquez painting of Gaspar deGuzman, Count-Duke of Olivares. Christie is a born and raised hip hopper and places himself in the pose of the original painting. His streetwear attire is very significant of the b-boy era.

Damien Shen Ngarrrindjeri body
Damien Shen- On the Fabric of the Ngarrindjeri body

This wonderful work by Damien Shen is the winner of the Prospect Portrait Prize. It is an etching created in an edition of 20. Aboriginal people believe that the spirits of the dead are not able to rest when their remains are not with their people and in their country. To Shen, past acts of stealing Aboriginal remains separated the Ngarrindjeri spirit from its body. They were also further objectified by being placed in scientific collections and studied. He uses this work to explore and address these issues. In this piece the head of his uncle and Ngarrindjeri elder Major "Moogy" Sumner on to the body of an anatomical drawing of Vesalius. Reuniting the spirit with the body in a uniquely Ngarrindjeri way.

Marcus Champ singer Amy Winehouse
Marcus Champ- Singers Echo

This sculptural piece by Marcus Champ captures, through the inclusion of various items, a singer. With the chance inclusion of a broken section of an antique chaise lounge, the singer becomes Amy Winehouse with her beehive hair.

Judy Rogers Quindell Floating
Judy Rogers- Quindell Floating

The people's choice award is a $1000 prize awarded to the person with the most votes. You can vote either online or upon your visit to the gallery. The award will be announced on the 17th of January. When you vote you also go into the draw for a VIP pass for two people to the 2016 Tourrific Prospect street party on Monday 18 January 2016.

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Why? Brilliant exhibition
When: Tuesday through to Sunday
Phone: 08 8342 8175
Where: Prospect Gallery
Cost: Free
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