artist Kerry Johns has won this year’s $20,000 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
(EMSLA) at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery with ‘Flowers in a window’.
overwhelmed and so pleased to receive this award,” said Johns who also won the
chance to exhibit at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. “There are so many
wonderful paintings in this exhibition and I am honoured to have been chosen by
the judges. I have been working away quietly for over 20 years and to receive
this recognition means a lot to me.”
$20,000 art award encourages excellence and innovation in Australian still life
painting. It was the vision of Dr Mal Eutick who wanted to honour the memory of
his parents while contributing to the artistic and cultural life of Coffs
were, again, of an incredibly high calibre,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor,
Councillor Denise Knight. “Kerry Johns’ work will now join the growing
collection of EMSLA winners held by the Regional Gallery. The city is very
proud to be the home of the EMSLA prize and collection.”
judges were Nat Thomas, the artist and arts writer/cultural commentator,
Michael Fitzgerald, writer and editor of Art Monthly Australasia and Dr Julie
Fragar, Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith
University. The judges unanimously agreed that ‘Flowers in a window’ displayed
a quietly innovative approach to the still life genre and displayed an inviting
depth of colour and energy.
Andrea Heulin from Cairns was awarded the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
Highly Commended for her work ‘pantry stuff’.
Guy Gilmour from Coramba was awarded the Mike Blewitt Coffs Coast Local
Artist prize with his work ‘Tools’ and artist Jeannette Keough was named Highly
Commended for ‘studio window’.
Memorial Still Life Award receives hundreds of entries every year from across
said it was a very difficult choice in a field of excellent work,” said Abigail
Moncrieff, Acting Curator of the Gallery.
“This year we had over 220 entries from all over Australia and the 68
finalists include notable artists such as Leo Coyte, Laura Jones, Monika
Behrens, Samuel Condon, Graham Marchant, Robyn Sweaney, Madeline Preston and
Exhibition Opening Weekend featured a Festival with panel discussions about the
still life genre, as well as classical musical performances in the Gallery
The EMSLA exhibition will run until Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.