Each year, the organising committee invites a well-known artist to present a small solo exhibition as part of the Art Show.
This solo offering provides a focal point for the event and sets a benchmark for the entries shortlisted for the award. In exchange for this exhibiting opportunity, the guest artist donates an artwork (valued at more than $2,000) to be offered as the major raffle prize.
2019 Feature Artist
Wayne Viney, Summer Evening, monotype, 44cm x 59cm image, (60cm x 76cm framed).
The 2019 guest feature artist was Wayne Viney.
Melbourne artist Wayne Viney is represented by Australian Galleries, and is a highly regarded printmaker who is best known for producing monotypes which explore notions of light and the romantic sublime. Through gentle yet rich tonal variations, Viney captures moments of intense splendour, hinting at the landscape whilst projecting a kind of religious divinity.
In a career spanning decades, Viney has had more than 20 solo exhibitions. He was recognised in 2013-14 by a retrospective exhibition of his monotypes, Singular Impressions, which toured to regional galleries in Victoria.
Viney’s works have been included in significant art prizes and acquired by galleries Australia-wide such as the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Parliament House, Canberra, and the private collection of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch among others.
2018 Feature Artist
The 2018 guest feature artist was David Frazer.
David Frazer is one of Australia’s most well-known printmakers. His narrative driven works are both lyrical and complex, addressing many of the social quandaries of contemporary culture. His work examines existential issues and personal relationships, referring both to companionship and solitude, often using a male protagonist for dramatic effect.
Frazer’s highly detailed and technically driven work is instantly recognizable, making him a favourite among art collectors. His practice spans more than 30 years and in that time he has had more than 35 solo exhibitions and been included in more than 50 curated group shows. His works are held in four state galleries, along with regional galleries and university collections in every state.
2017 Feature Artist
The 2017 guest feature artist was Deborah Klein.
Ballarat based artist Deborah Klein exhibited a series of small paintings and larger linocuts and other prints as part of her solo exhibition within the St Kevin’s Art Show. Her work on paper Euchloron Megaera Moth Mask (pictured), was generously offered as the raffle prize. This wonderful work (in oil stick) is part of an ongoing series titled ‘unnatural history illustrations’ that continue a thematic investigation into the mask as shield.
Klein is interested in the role her own themes play in myth and how this translates to contemporary culture.
Having received numerous awards over a 30 year career, Klein is represented in public and university collections throughout Australia.