The winners of the 2014 Moran Art Prizes are revealed

Melbourne artist Louise Hearman and Brisbane photographer Suzanne McCorkell have been announced as the winners of the 2014 Moran Prizes, drawing attention with their intense and vivid depictions of their captivating subjects.

webWinning the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Louise Hearman has been awarded $150,000 for her illuminating paintings of renowned photographer Bill Henson, Bill 1383/1384.  A work that could only be created out of years of friendship, Hearman’s work attracted the eye of judges Edmund Capon and Lewis Miller, who commented, “Louise’s diptych of Bill Henson was the one work we kept going back to and looking at.  It is very intimate, very personal, compelling and obsessive – a little bit like both the artist and the subject.”

Expanding on the subject of her winning diptych, artist Louise Hearman stated, “Over 30 years ago I was drawn to the lecture room at the Victorian College of the Arts by some intoxicating music, and there was Bill, playing his favourite music to the students. A great friendship began from an interest in pictures and music and we are still great friends today.”

Photographer Suzanne McCorkell won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize of $50,000, impressing judges with her intimate portrayal of couple Chris Bond and Bridie Kean, Australian Paralympians. Aidan J Sullivan and William Long, co judges of the 2014 Moran Contemporary Photography Prize said, “The winning image communicates this wonderful tenderness between the subjects, and at the same time displays a fantastic visual honesty.”

Time out from training is part of McCorkell’s ‘Scar Stories’ Project. Explaining the drive underlying the work McCorkell stated, “Scar Stories is a collection of images, which aim to empower young cancer survivors who are living daily life with the scars from cancer. Chris and Bridie are a couple, and spend most of their time training for the Paralympics. My aim for this image was to create a warm, beautiful feeling of intimacy, whilst highlighting the difficulties that they are challenged with on a daily basis.”

Student section prizes in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize were awarded to Alisha Staines from Darwin High School, in the Northern Territory (Year 11-12 category); Emily Riley from Gorokan High School, Gorokan NSW (Year 9-10 category); and Connor Russell from De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah NSW (Year 7-8 category).

The exhibition of winners and 30 finalists opens today with the most interesting award yet to come – the People’s Choice Award. Go along to debate and discuss some of Australia’s most impressive contemporary artists and photographers out on display.

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EXHIBITION
2014 Moran Art Prize
Juniper Hall, Paddington
29 October 2014 – 15 February 2015

Image 1: Suzanne McCorkill, Time out from training.
Image 2: Louise Hearman, Bill 1383/1384

Images courtesy the artists and the 2014 Doug Moran Arts Prize