2016 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

It's been a great month for the O'Doherty's - first we have Reg Mombassa leading the charge on the cover of Artist Profile - and now news of his very talented daughter Lucy O'Doherty who has just been awarded the 2016 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Congratulations!


It’s no surprise Lucy O’Doherty’s paintings caught the judges eye. Her surreal landscapes evoke an aching mystery of Australian suburbia – with silent pastel houses situated in remote landscapes.

Guest judge, artist Tom Carment, said Lucy has created a quirky, timeless world.

“Her combinations of tertiary and pastel colours are unusual, and her sense of form defies logic and yet makes sense. There is a stillness about these paintings which I admire.

“Lucy’s work shows a level of maturity and qualities of perseverance which I think will serve her well when she goes to Europe; to live in an unfamiliar culture, absorb great art, and take on new challenges and painting motifs,” Carment said.

O’Doherty will spend a three month residency at one of the Art Gallery of NSW’s studios at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, and up to a further three months travelling throughout Europe for her professional and creative development. A stipend valued at $30 000 will support O’Doherty’s living and travel expenses while in Europe.

Established by the late Beryl Whiteley in 1999, the scholarship commemorates the profound effect international travel and study had on her son, renowned Australian artist Brett Whiteley, who won the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship at the age of 20.

Highly commended was awarded to Jason Phu, whose work The penis emerges, the rooster crows, God awakens, had a refreshing exuberance for Judge Tom Carment. “He revitalises a traditional form of painting; his scatter-gun ink calligraphy forming a dynamic matrix for the placement of his humorous and disparate imagery”, Carment said.

O’Doherty’s winning work will is on display at the at the Brett Whiteley Studio alongside works by finalists Jason Phu (Highly Commended), Abdul Abdullah, Clara Adolphs, Tsering Hannaford, Andrew Hopkins and Zoe Tweedale. To see the full list of finalists click here. 


The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills 
Free | Open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Image: Lucy O’Doherty, Shacks at Little Garie, 2016, oil on linen, 50 × 76 cm

Courtesy the artist and the Art Gallery of New South Wales

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