Glover Prize finalist, 2009
I am going to win the Glover Prize.
I don’t know when, but my intention is one day to “take home” Australia’s richest landscape award.
This may appear to be a somewhat outrageous statement to make, but I am serious. The task may seem an impossible one, but every year one artist achieves this aim. Why can’t it be me one day?
If artists don’t aim high, how can they expect to challenge themselves?
In order to realise this aim I have to:
- Create an idea that fits with the prize’s philosophy.
- Craft a fitting artist’s statement.
- Produce a painting in coloured pencil.
- Complete and submit an entry (on time).
- Have my entry accepted from a total of about 280.
- Compete with some of the nation’s top painters.
- Win the prize.
- Take the prize home.
Mission impossible? I hope not, although I must admit that it’s a daunting task.
I have the upmost respect for the Glover Prize and each year I look forward to the challenge of creating a painting that would gain the respect of the judges.
I have only been a finalist once, in 2009, but I’m hungry for more!
I have chosen 2 ideas for submission in next year’s prize, providing that they turn out to my satisfaction. I’m not saying what each painting is about, but one has a figurative element, while the other is a landscape.
My preliminaries are completed and soon I shall commence the first (and largest) of the two. Both paintings will take several months to complete.
Another year, another challenge.