2017 Gallipoli Art Prize

Congratulations to Amanda Penrose Hart who has won the 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize ($20 000 acquisitive) with her painting ‘The Sphinx, Perpetual Peace ’ depicting the towering rocky outcrop at Gallipoli that the Anzacs called The Sphinx.

In her accompanying artist statement Amanda Penrse Hart said “My painting of the extreme landscape that faced our soldiers who landed by boat on the morning of April 25th 1915. The extreme height of the hills and sharp barbed wire like vegetation slashed the men trying to advance over the hills. I walked this hill on two trips to Gallipoli and while in good shoes and good clothing I struggled to reach even half way. To some the land is now a mere tourist site, but to others it is a sacred burial ground.  The trees have rejuvenated and the grasses spread like wildfire – they camouflage the thousands of body parts within.

Amanda Penrose Hart often paints landscapes in-situ. Born in Brisbane in 1963 she holds a Diploma of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art and a Bachelor of Visual Art from Griffith University.

Every year Australian, New Zealand and Turkish painters are invited to submit works to the Gallipoli Art Prize that reflect upon the themes loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship as expressed in the Gallipoli Club’s ‘creed’. Artists can interpret the broad themes in relation to any armed conflict in which Australia has been involved from 1915 up to the present day. The works do not need to depict warfare.

“The Gallipoli Art prize continues to attract the support of the visual arts community who have once again responded with innovative works that preserve the best of the ANZAC spirit,” said judge Jane Watters “The broad range of imagery represented in the Prize demonstrates the level of inquiry by the artists into the stories and people from not just the Gallipoli campaign but from other conflicts and also from daily life experiences.”

THE GALLIPOLI MEMORIAL CLUB CREED: “We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual peace and universal freedom”.


Courtesy the artist and the Gallipoli Memorial Club 

Image: 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize winner Amanda Penrose Hart’s painting The Sphinx, Perpetual Peace

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