John Fries Award Finalists Named

Visual Arts

Copyright Agency | Viscopy has announced the 22 finalists for this year’s John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging artists, worth $10,000.

The works will comprise the John Fries Award Finalists Exhibition to be held at Sydney’s Gaffa Galleries from 24 August to 14 September.

A record number of entries were received this year from Australia and New Zealand with a strong representation of Indigenous artists – three of whom are among the finalists.

Curator Sebastian Goldspink described the entries as “impressive in quality with many surprises from a generationally important group of artists”. The works span many mediums from video and installation to paintings, prints and photography.

The prize’s judges Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Felicity Fenner, Dr Sanné Mestrom and Kath Fries will have the enviable challenge of selecting just one winner to be announced at Gaffa Galleries on Tuesday 27 August.

The John Fries Memorial Prize 2013 finalists are:

Name Location Medium Title
LUCAS ABELA Waterloo, NSW Installation Flip Off
DARA GILL Randwick, NSW Photography Untitled (Rubber Band Portraits)
SAMUEL HODGE Elizabeth Bay, NSW Photography Tickets Still Available
KEG DE SOUZA Waterloo Mixed Media Living Under The Stars
Potts Point, NSW Video Harlequins V’s Visitors
SVETLANA BAILEY Bondi Beach, NSW Print 13/11
SOPHIA EGARCHOS Rockdale, NSW Mixed Media Levels #2
AARON ANDERSON Ashfield, NSW Mixed Media Suburban Ruin #5
SARAH CONTOS Elizabeth Bay NSW Mixed Media Souvenir
GREEDY HEN Chippendale, NSW Print We Just Ignore the Neighbours
TOM POLO Smithfield, NSW Painting Fields of Uncertainty
ELLA BARCLAY Bondi, NSW Mixed Media Ebb
JOHN A DOUGLAS Arncliffe, NSW Video The Visceral Garden
BRYDEN WILLIAMS Glebe, NSW Sculpture Techno Fire
SERENA BONSON Maningrida, NT Mixed Media Wangarra Spirits
CHRIS BENNIE New Farm, QLD Video The Western Fields
LIAM O’BRIEN Bowen Hills, QLD Video Whistling in the Dark
VINCENT NAMATJIRA Alice Springs, SA Painting Award
MAUREEN BAKER APY Lands, via Marla, SA Painting Ngayuku Mamaku Ngura (My Father’s Country)
SIMON MacEWAN Brunswick, VIC Watercolour All that is solid melts into air
GEORGE EGERTON-WARBURTON Fitzroy, VIC Video Boredom is a desk with human legs in a fish spa
BENJAMIN FORSTER Perth, WA Mixed Media Dysgraphia
The John Fries Award recognises and celebrates the work of emerging and early career visual artists through a $10,000 non-acquisitive award donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries.

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