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CONGRATULATIONS TO ROSIE HASTIE, WINNER OF THE 2022 HENRY JONES ART PRIZE.

Rosie is pictured with her winning work, Once, 1.

“A Hobart-based photographer and artist, Ms Hastie’s fine art inkjet print titled Once, 1, which was informed by Peter Dombrovskis’ iconic Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River beat a strong field of 124 entries, with 62 artists selected as finalists.

In her entry statement, Ms Hastie said Once asked the viewer to consider the fragility of iconic Tasmanian locations.

Once, a synthetic photo of a photo, is a satirical comment on tourism – a final confirmation that everything is now marketable – even our most wild of places. At the rate humans are consuming place as a product, this site will imminently be uninhabitable by all life, asking the questions of who will be around to see it? We need reminding that protection is needed more than visitation,”

CONGRATULATIONS TO ISABELLE CHOUINARD, WINNER OF THE 2021 HENRY JONES ART PRIZE.

Isabelle is pictured with her winning work, By the river.

“The winning work stood out for all three judges for several reasons. In many ways, it is a very traditional painting, beautifully executed with extraordinary technical mastery. It makes obvious compositional and stylistic reference to Renaissance painting through its striking portrait of a woman set against a landscape background. But here, the landscape is inspired by Australian Impressionism, and the subject is a woman who finds herself suspended against a location that may or may not provide a sense of belonging.

“This is a mysterious but compelling work, imbued with a great sense of stillness and one that begs many questions. Who is she? Why is she here? Where did she come from? And what is she thinking? She is a contemporary woman, yet she is set against an Australia that remains in the past. We reflect not only on her identity, but also on our own, and on the complex relationships between place, history, belonging and time.”

2021 Henry Jones Art Prize Winners

Right: 2021 Henry Jones Art Prize winner, Isabelle Chouinard with her winning entry, By the river.

Centre: 2021 People’s Choice Prize winner, Nicholas Hopwood with Josephine Cutting Clouds.

Left: 2021 Packing Room Prize winner, Liam Ross Baker with Late for Dinner.

“The judges were highly impressed with the number and variety of entries in this year’s Henry Jones Emerging Art Prize. With close to 300 art works, it was a difficult to arrive at a shortlist, and even more difficult to make a final decision. There are many highly distinctive works in the exhibition, distinctive because of their technical proficiency and their conceptual richness but also because the artists have imbued them with an elusive, ineffable quality that compels you to keep returning to the image. For this reason, we have selected 4 highly commended works this year as well as the winner.”

Congratulations to Jo Chew, Georgia Morgan, Corinna Howell, and Harrison Bowe, whose works were all highly commended by the judging panel.

MICHEILA PETERSFIELD WINS THE 2019 HENRY JONES ART PRIZE

We’re thrilled to announce the 2019 Henry Jones Art Prize has been awarded to emerging Tasmanian artist Micheila Petersfield, announced last night at the launch of the finalists exhibition. Open only to Tasmanian emerging or early-career artists, 67 finalists unveiled their work last night, chosen from a strong field of over 120 submissions. The panel of judges were highly impressed by the calibre and diversity of work this year, but chose Petersfield’s piece, The Gesture; for the $20,000 prize.

“Simply stated, highly accomplished and extremely powerful.”

“At first glance the image is reminiscent of a fashion shoot – extremely polished and exuding sensuality and beauty, however after spending time with this artwork the underlying distortions start to allude to darker qualities and suggest an ambiguity of intent, sexuality and emotion.”

The judges wish to give an honourable mention to Shanshan Ai, Olivia Bowman and Timothy Coad. These three artworks showed innovation, originality and contribution to their chosen mediums. Joshua Andree also was awarded the Hanger’s Prize by the Packing Room team, courtesy of Artery Tasmania for his work Preservation. We are honoured to showcase these works by Tasmania’s finest emerging artists, and we hope our close connection with the Tasmania’s art community continues to grow.

The exhibition of all finalists is on show daily from 10am – 5pm until December 8, 2019 in the Packing Room, IXL Atrium, The Henry Jones Art Hotel. All artworks are available for purchase.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2019

The votes have been counted and this year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award from the recent Henry Jones Art Prize is Tasmanian artist, Maggie Jeffries (pictured above) for her painting Beneath Our Feet, 2019. Maggie has received a $1,000 framing voucher courtesy of Wagner Framemakers. Thank you to all who stopped by the exhibition to view, vote or purchase impressive works by Tasmania’s finest emerging artists. Your support of Tasmania’s art community is greatly appreciated.

Beneath Our Feet’ was created as a homage to kunanyi / Mount Wellington, as a reminder of the importance of connection to land and significance of place. The piece was inspired by a passage from Greg Lehman’s Welcome to Country, which features the phrase ‘we walk where they walked’ (Greg Lehman, 2006). Created to pay respect to the original owners of this particular Tasmanian site, the painting also presents an enduring appreciation for this island’s unique landscape. The composition consists of several photographs taken up on the mountain, highlighting a selection of native plants and a combination of different sites, collaged together to form a pattern as unique as the subject itself. ‘Beneath Our Feet’ considers the notions of preservation and admiration of sacred sites, while also reflecting my personal connection to the mountain and the concept of place.

As promised one lucky voter was drawn at random to win a night at The Henry Jones Art Hotel. That lucky person is Annette O’Hern from Geilston Bay, Tasmania!  Congratulations!

PACKING ROOM PRIZE 2019

This year, Artery have very generously provided a $1,000 art supplies voucher, to be awarded by the Packing Room team who curated and installed this exhibition. The winner of the 2019 Henry Jones Packing Room Prize is Joshua Andree for his artwork Preservation (Wreck of the Sydney Cove).  A beautiful example of Australian landscape.  The artist’s use of colour and technique makes the work feel like it’s moving, almost as if viewing from a window, with the context never a miss in the foreground.

WINNER 2018

Hobart-based emerging visual artist Laura E Kennedy was awarded the inaugural Henry Jones Art Prize at a VIP function last year, launching the exhibition of finalists at the IXL Packing Room. 137 contemporary Tasmanian artworks were submitted for the prize, which included embroidery, watercolour, sculpture, oils, origami and fine printmaking. 54 finalists were chosen exhibit for the prize.

The winning artwork by Laura E Kennedy is titled “Albert hoped that by puffing up the extremities of his girth he would sufficiently intimidate the obnoxious invaders”. It features an owl, made with mixed media on panel within a 3D-printed ornamental frame, which aims to manipulate the standard boundary between artwork and surrounding picture frame.

The panel of judges consisting of Lindsay Broughton, Dr Jane Quon and David Keeling reported: “The winning work is sophisticated, fully realised with a deep felt love of nature. Using diverse media and techniques steeped in tradition, Laura has created an artwork that brings these techniques into the contemporary realm.”

Words from Laura:

“Winning the Inaugural Henry Jones Art Prize last year has had an amazing impact on my arts practice. The validation of my work that it provided gave my artistic confidence a rather healthy boost. Also, shortly after I was awarded an incredible commercial gallery in New York contacted me and I am currently working towards participating in their summer group exhibition in July 2019. 

Winning the vast prize money while heavily pregnant has also meant that I can take a longer period of maternity leave. I am currently deeply enjoying the balancing act of getting busy in the studio in between the nap times of my delightful baby girl.”

PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2018

The votes have been counted and this year’s winner is Robert Brown for his painting Gums above Flowerpot Rock.  

Robert will receive $1,000 framing from Wagner Framemakers.  Congratulations Robert!

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As promised one lucky voter was drawn at random to win a night at The Henry Jones Art Hotel.

That lucky person is Melinda Sari Scherpenzeel from Western Australia!  Congratulations!

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