2014 Gold Coast Art Prize finalists announced

In its 46th year, the Gold Coast Art Prize has grown in stature and size with more than 300 entries received for this year’s award.

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Narrowed down to 44 artists who are competing for a total prize pool of $30 000 in acquisitions, the finalists will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Gold Coast City Gallery from 6 December 2014.

On his selection process, guest judge Dr Chris McAutliffe commented, “I tried to connect with what each artist was pursuing; an idea, an emotion, a challenge or perhaps just the satisfaction of knowing that their piece works.”

The selected works initiate a dialogue between the audience and artists about key contemporary art trends, such as urban life, landscape and environment, digital technologies and globalism.

“Australian artists are internationally connected but still speak strongly of their experience of place, with many works being in response to the pace and complexity of urban life. What I think is common to all the shortlisted artists is a determination to develop their voice, to approach their art with rigour and commitment, and to share their vision with whoever cares to judge their efforts.” said Dr McAuliffe.

Gallery manager John Walsh emphasised the diversity of works of the selected finalists, stating “This year we will see established artists Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Prudence Flint and Jenny Watson exhibiting alongside local artists Eric Koo and Leonie Rhodes.”

To see the full list of finalists click here.

The winner will be announced Saturday 6 December, all are welcome to partake and share the excitement on what is to be a strong contingent of contestants.

EXHIBITION
Gold Coast Art Prize
Gold Coast City Gallery
6 December 2014 – 8 February 2015

Image 1:Prudence Flint, Bathroom 2014, oil on linen.
Image 2 Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Windblown Still Life 2014, oil on canvas
Courtesy the artists, the Gold Coast City Gallery, Australian Galleries and Andrew Baker Art Dealer