by Aida Morden
Mosman Art Gallery held its 66th Mosman Art Prize on 12th July 2013. This are competion is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. At the opening of the exhibitions for this art competition, four major prize winners were announced. Remnim Alexander Tayco was announced the winner of the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artist Award for his painting, Before and After, 2012
‘Before and After’ is part of a series of landscape paintings that explore the mystical qualities of the natural and built environment, and reflect an intimate journey into an imagined and whimsical world. Whilst the series is not a realist rendering of specific places, the landscapes depicted are based on the very real connections I feel with the world. I focus on evoking the feeling and mood of a landscape, rather than the physical place itself.
To me, landscapes are inherently spiritual and a place of personal contemplation. For this reason, my intention is not to produce a pre-determined narrative, but to invite interpretation that is personal and subjective. Making ‘Before and After’ involved a process of distilling images into small sketches, followed by an intensive seventeenth century Dutch paint layering technique.
The four top prizes for 2013:
1. Rachel Ellis, Winner 2013 Mosman Art Prize for Bathurst landscape – William Street, 2012
2. Janelle Thomas, Winner of the Henry Bucks Commendation Prize for Hide and seek, 2013
3. Alan Jones, Winner of the Alan Gamble Memorial Art Prize for Kirk Andrews upon Esk # 3, 2012.
4. Remnim Alexander Tayco, Winner of the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artist Award for Before and After, 2012.
The Mosman Art Prize entries exhibition is open to public from Saturday, 13 July 2013 until Sunday, 25 August 2013. The exhibition is held at Mosman Art Gallery located at the corner of Art Gallery Way (formerly Short Street) and Myahgah Road in Mosman, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The Mosman Art Gallery presents a rich and varied program of high quality exhibitions, educational activities and special events, which make a significant contribution to the cultural life of Mosman and surrounding districts.