Joshua Yeldam wins the 2020 Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award

‘It’s a real buzz to know that my painting has been selected as the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award for the Salon des Refusés 2020.’ – Joshua Yeldham

Congratulations to Joshua Yeldham, winner of this year’s Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award with a landscape painting – Phantom limb, Smith’s Creek – from works selected for the ‘2020 Salon des Refusés: The alternative Archibald & Wynne Prize’.

Joshua Yeldham, Phantom limb – Smith’s creek, acrylic on hand carved board with cane, 210 x 159cm

Made after the Sydney bushfires, the winning work represents ‘the long-lasting endurance of nature and her resilience,’ says Yeldham. ‘The fallen branch now holds an empty space that time will affect as she does beyond our human understanding. It is the thing we can rely on, the innate progress of nature’s will to expand,’ he continues.

Represented by Arthouse Gallery in Sydney, Yeldham has exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Nancy Fairfax Artist Residency at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre that culminated in a critically acclaimed survey exhibition. An earlier survey exhibition was also held at Manly Art Gallery & Museum in 2014.

Joshua Yeldham with his winning work, Phantom limb – Smith’s creek

The National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery initiated the Salon des Refusés in 1992, in response to the overwhelming number of entries submitted to the Archibald & Wynne prizes (AGNSW), yet never seen by the public. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much-anticipated feature of the Sydney scene. This year’s exhibition is on display until 29 November.