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2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

BY Redcliffe City Art Gallery | 14-Oct-2015
The 2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, or JADA, features a who’s who of Australian artists. The exhibition is toured by Grafton Regional Gallery and promotes innovation and excellence in Australian drawing.

The 2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, or JADA, features a who’s who of Australian artists. The exhibition is toured by Grafton Regional Gallery and promotes innovation and excellence in Australian drawing.

The 2014 JADA was won by Emma Walker who received the major prize of $20,000 for her drawing entitled Keys Bridge in Flood 2014. The work was created in a frustrated moment, commencing with pushing and applying varied drawing mediums onto a prepared surface. Emma’s process records her movements combining touch and perseverance. The drawing maps out a territory that exists between darkness and light, a place, a memory, a rushing momentum of feelings. Walker’s practice is characterised by the way in which gesture and surface combine to create unanticipated relationships within the space.

The judge of the 2014 JADA, John McDonald, Curator and Art Critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, said the winning work beautifully embodies the immediate and tactile nature at the heart of drawing. The process of applying the charcoal directly with the fingers is at once spontaneous and very considered.’

The acquired work by Hyun-Hee Lee 108 defilements, is a series of 108 ink, pencil and silk thread drawings that documents the artist’s journey through the Buddhist philosophy of enlightenment sayings. To experience the 108 defilements of life is to find the meditative path to enlightenment. Hyun-Hee Lee lives and works in Sydney.

Mullumbimby artist Christine Willcock’s work Fit for Duty, explores the notion of being examined to be fit enough to defend your country. The delicate nature in which Christine has portrayed the soldier in full uniform is a reminder of the loyalty and commitment of people from that era, they fought because it was the right thing to do.

Michael Cusack’s Vista, explores his interest in shape making and abstraction using light, shade and tone in a dynamic composition of charcoal and mixed media on paper. Michaels experience as a darkroom technician provides endless inspiration to tone and composition. Michael lives and works in Northern NSW.

Sydney artist Wendy Sharpe has also been acquired with her work Backstage Burlesque with Venetian Mask. The work is a complex scene of figures dressed in costume ready for a show. Central in the drawing is a self portrait of the artist, a trade mark of a Sharpe work.

The acquisitions are completed by Todd Fuller from Sydney with his animated charcoal drawings Dance Study #3 and A Dance for Paul Klee. Each gestural sketch exists momentarily; documented before erasure. The result is akin to what a choreography may refer to as an `energetic state’, they are a mapping of the body in motion.

The winning work and acquisitions join the Grafton Regional Gallery JADA Collection which contains an impressive selection of contemporary Australian drawing spanning 26 years.

Public Programs:
31 Oct 2015 10am-4pm
Family Fun Day
Come and join us in the gallery for a day of adventures in art, with activities for children and parents of all ages.
No bookings required, just come and enjoy the day.

Sat 14 Nov 2015 10.30-11.30am
Artists talks with JADA Artists

Join artists from the 2014 JADA as they discuss their work. Confirmed speakers at the time of printing are Roy Coffey, Michael Cusack, Christine Willcocks, Kylie Stoddart, Jan Davis and Robyn Sweaney. To RSVP ring 3283 0415

Sat 3 Nov 2015 10.30-11.30am
Artists talks with JADA Artists
Join artists from the 2014 JADA as they discuss their work. Confirmed speakers at the time of printing are Kym Barrett, Michelle Dawson and John A Robinson.