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2019 JUDGES

Now in its second year, The Henry Jones Art Prize has once again assembled a judging panel of the highest calibre to recognise and commend the talents of Tasmania’s most exciting emerging artists. We are delighted to introduce to the panel, eminent curator, W. Nevin Hurst; artist and educator, Dr Sue Lovegrove; and 2015 Glover Prize winner, Nigel Hewitt. Each judge brings with them a diverse range of experience, expertise and perspective, and each shares an understanding of what it is to strive to become an established artist in Tasmania. We very much look forward to seeing their shortlist of exhibition when it is announced on the 25th October.

Nigel Hewitt

Nigel Hewitt is a senior visual artist based in Hobart, Tasmania and Perth, Western Australia. Hewitt’s artworks are most frequently mixed media on canvas, with subjects ranging from contemporary environmental and political issues to the personal and ambiguous notions of identity and existence.

Nigel’s artistic career has developed strongly and consistently since his graduation from Claremont School for Fine Arts in 1977. Exploring and shaping the world of his imagination through his chosen medium, he has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, nationally and internationally.

Nigel has been awarded several residencies both within Australia and beyond, has been widely published, has been chosen for numerous private and corporate commissions, and has received a host of local and national art awards throughout his career. His works are represented in international collections such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Artbank, Kerry Stokes Collection, BankWest, Wesfarmers, Holmes a Court Collection, and The Stein Collection, to name a few.

Sue Lovegrove

Sue Lovegrove is an established Tasmanian artist and arts educator. Working across a range of media in both painting and work on paper, she explores ideas around notions of transience and the invisible phenomena of the natural world through sensory perceptions of sight, sound and touch.

Sue completed a PhD at ANU School of Art in 2002 and has exhibited extensively across Australia since 1992. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House Art Collection, University of Canberra, and the Holmes a Court Collection.

She has received many awards including an Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship, and has undertaken extended residencies in remote and isolated places including Antarctica, Macquarie Island, Maatsuyker Island and Tasman Island. Most recently she received an Australia Council grant with Tasmanian writer Adrienne Eberhard to produce and publish an artist’s book, The Voice of Water.

Sue Lovegrove in front of her artwork Convergence. Image courtesy of the artist.

W. Nevin Hurst

With over forty years’ experience in the industry, W. Nevin Hurst is recognised as Tasmania’s most experienced fine art valuer.

Since opening Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery in 1975, Nevin has formed a close relationship with major dealers and auctioneers throughout Australia and overseas having handled many notable works of Australian fine art, such as pieces by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Charles Conder, Tom Roberts, and John Glover.

Nevin has staged numerous solo exhibitions of his own work, initially at Hibiscus Gallery in Hobart, followed by Anima Gallery in Adelaide, Connely French Galleries in Evandale, The Terrace Gallery in Sydney, and Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery in Hobart. Nevin also makes a significant academic contribution, having been published in a number of scholarly publications.

W. Nevin Hurst in his Gallery. Image by Jeremy Pemberton.

2018 JUDGES

Miss Julia Farrell
Executive Director of Federal Group and is a member of the
Board of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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Lindsay Broughton
Tasmanian artist Lindsay Broughton has over 40 years of experience as an art teacher, lecturer and practicing artist. He was head of the Drawing department at the Tasmanian School or Art, between 1986 and 2006. Lindsay is known for his large-scale drawings and frottage. These imposing works explore the surface and history of place and objects and the traces that are embedded within his subjects depicting often-contentious objects.

Lindsay’s work is held within the collections of Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) Hobart; Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston; University of Tasmania, Hobart; Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart; and numerous private collections.

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Dr.Jane Quon
Jane is a multimedia installation artist who has regularly exhibited major works internationally in gallery and non-gallery public settings, as well as nationally and locally.   Her particular interest is synergies between Art and Science.

Jane was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Grant for her PhD research in communicating, through multimedia and sound installation projects, issues pertaining to Marine Ecology. Her Postdoctoral Research focused on visually communicating social justice issues of women in industry with her Partner, the World Fish Center.

SELECTION PANEL 2018

We are very excited to announce our section panel for the prize this year!  Dr Megan Walch, Luke Wagner and Jamin have come aboard to ensure our finest emerging Tasmanian artists are represented at the inaugural Henry Jones exhibition in November.  Being established Tasmanian artists themselves; all three artists have an acute understanding of what it is to be an emerging artist in Tasmania.  They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to contemporary art in this beautiful state that we call home!  We are so lucky to have them and look forward to seeing their shortlist for exhibition.

Dr Megan Walch

Megan is a successful artist both academically and commercially.  Her painting and drawing practice spans over 25 years, with a focus on the tension between figuration and abstraction.  Meg is a Samstag Scholar, an alumnus of the San Fancisco Art Institute, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Space Program, New York. She has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, The Australian National University’s School of art and the School of Creative Arts, UTAS – gaining a studio-based Doctorate of Philosophy there in 2017.  Meg’s artworks have been in numerous exhibitions and her research interests have developed through undertaking international residencies. Her work is held in contemporary art collections including; Artbank, Monterey Museum and Art Gallery, California, USA, Parliament House Collection, Canberra.  Meg also is a generous teacher, finding time to mentor other artists, be it through the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts or at her own studio.

Luke Wagner

Luke Wagner is a self-taught painter with an interest in Tasmanian Landscapes and social history.  Having spent many years running his

own fine art framing business, Luke yearned to fill the frames with his own creations, so he picked up a book and taught himself how to paint.  Armed with oil paints, beeswax and a pallet knife, Luke intuitively crafts dreamlike scenes of Tasmanian landscapes layered with sentiment. He has been successfully exhibiting locally and nationally since 1994, with many artworks being included in well regarded public and private collections. Luke’s art has also been a finalist in numerous prestigious prizes such as Hadley’s Art Prize, Tattersall’s Art Prize, Mosman, Lloyd Rees and the Glover Art Prize. Luke has insight into the local Hobart art scene through his framing business Wagner Framemakers which he started in 1987 and is also a sponsor of The Henry Jones Art Prize People’s choice this year.

Jamin

Jamin is a hero of our local street art scene, creating amazing artworks for all to enjoy. Known for his challenging contemporary approaches to visual art, Jamin combines the street styles of stencil, aerosol and graffiti methodologies with experimental approaches to develop works.  His work has been acclaimed through awards, commissions and international residencies, and he retains his commitment to grass-roots community levels of working, where he has worked regularly as a mentor for a cross-section of youth and others interested in extending their interest in street culture.   Jamin has been selected for the inaugural 2018BOAA (Biennale of Australian Art) in Ballarat, and in 2008 was selected for Contemporary Australia: Optimismat the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Brisbane. Jamin is a PhD candidate at the Tasmanian School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, where his thesis explores connections between camouflage, the non-human and assemblage theory.