Artist of the Year 2013 - Jacki Burke
The annual Artist of Year exhibition is the highlight of the RAS Calendar with the search for excellence challenge again taken up with enthusiasm by 17 Artists. Each Artist is required to exhibit a painting from each of the following categories:
- A Human Portrait
- Outdoor Scene
- Still Life or Favourite Subject
All entrants must demonstrate artistic capabilities in at least 2 different media as well as the 3 different subject categories required by the Artist of the Year rules and all 3 works are judged as a single body of work. The fourteenth Artist of the Year Exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of the City of Maroondah, Councillor Nora Lamont accompanied by Councillor Rob Steane. Helen White, Convenor of AOY, introduced the Judge, Ron Reynolds, who then went on to announce the Winning Artist, and to award individual paintings with Commendations.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2013: JACKI BURKE
- Garry Shead (Portrait)
- Light in motion (Landscape)
- A moment of quiet (Personal choice)
This is a very well deserved win with the artist showing competency in three different mediums and three different subjects matters. Light in motion is a lovely little piece using vibrant colour and unusual horizontal strokes.
A moment of quiet the soft controlled strokes of pastel capture the chaos of mussed up feathers of the sulphur crested cockatoo during preening.
“The painting of Garry Shead is a major piece worthy of the RAS Artist of the Year. The painting with it’s off-set contemplative composition shows the sitter ‘engaged’ with the artist. Is he summing her up? ………is he in deep thought?……what is it? The painting goes beyond the subject, it shows a good command of oil paint, one is aware of vigorous brush strokes and a certain confidence in the application by the artist. The sitter is involved with the artist by his expression and thus this emotion is transferred to the viewer. A strong compelling portrait."