The Winners – The Matthew Flinders Art Prize 2018

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The Opening night of the 2018 Matthew Flinders Art Prize saw a sell-out occasion again, as artists, members and friends of the Bribie Island Community Arts Society gathered to get first look at the 274 entries this year – and to learn the winners.

Judges, Wyn Vogel and Karl de Waal, chose a poignant work by photographer Craig Röhse, from Deception Bay, as the $5000 winner. Titled “Three Wise Veterans’’, it depicts three uniformed army personnel in the Confucian monkey see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil pose. The judges chose it for the “intricate capture of the subjects, the detail highlighting the fine lines and sculpture of the skin, which heightened the emotion in each protagonist’s pose. It is a subject the eye can dwell on over and over again. A compelling, conceptual work that combines the two staples of humanity, war and philosophy to comment on realities of modern warfare.’’

Jennifer Pullman, from North Lakes, won second prize of $2000 for her landscape of “Innisfail canefields”. They liked it for “the gamut of light across its surface, an exceptionally beautiful painting that radiates expressionism, skill and confidence.’’

The two highly commended works were a delicate ceramic pot titled “Early Spring’’ by
Doonan potter Dennis Forshaw

and an abstract by Graeme Spencer, of Kiels Mountain, titled “Formica & Vegemite”. Both win $500

Jennifer South – won the Peoples Choice with her stunning Work – “Bird”.

Kym Barrett’s gorgeous work – was Commended – we wished we were able to give more prizes – i have to say!!

And some fantastic Work by – Jan Singleton – that bought a smile to all our faces and fascination at her techniques!!

Julie Thomson and her team at the Bribie Island Arts Centre are an amazing energetic crew – working hard each year to pull this amazing exhibition together – this year hanging 274 pieces of unique Work!

Bribie Island is a beautiful – inspiring space an hour north of Brisbane – Queensland Australia – and the local businesses such as the Waterways Motel – Serenity Cafe gave us an amazing welcome and great hospitality – other great businesses also support this initiative that keeps the Arts Centre at the front of their community!!

The beauty of Bribie Island – if you are a photographer or painter head north!!

Views below – from the Waterways Motel that will greet you when you wake?!!

You need to cross the Bridge from the mainland – !!

Which adds it’s own intrigue!

Credits for photos and video in this blog:

Tonti Connolly Film Maker for this Video ++ – Positive Pictures
Kathrin DierichPhotographer – The Glance Photography , and
Wyn Vogel – Creative Director – Photographer/Fine Artist – Fish Lane Studios

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