2016 Geelong contemporary art prize winner

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by Geelong Gallery on Friday 09 September 2016.

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A narrative-rich, skilfully executed painting by Melbourne artist Kate Beynon is the winner of the 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize, Geelong Gallery’s acquisitive award for contemporary painting.

Kate Beynon’s Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15 is based on a scene from An-Li: a Chinese ghost tale, the artist’s re-telling of a supernatural story of two young spirits who traverse opposing worlds: one aquatic, the other earthly. The painting reveals an interest in connections between mother and child, ancestral spirits, and the cycle of life and death.
This prize-winning work—the first by Beynon to be acquired by Geelong Gallery—is highly representative of the artist’s practice in which she merges diverse pictorial traditions with personal histories to address issues of hybridity, cultural identity and feminism.
Geelong Gallery wishes to thank the Dimmick Charitable Trust for generously sponsoring this signature event, which assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while supporting Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
Over 550 entries were received from around the country for consideration for this year’s prize, with 33 works shortlisted for exhibition. The 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize will be on display at Geelong Gallery until Sunday 13 November.