Kerry McInnis wins 2019 Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award

Kerry McInnis has won this year’s Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award with a portrait of fellow artist Harrie Fasher, from works in the ‘2019 Salon des Refusés: The alternative Archibald & Wynne Prize selection’ exhibition; on show at S.H. Ervin Gallery until 28 July 2019.

The artist statement reads, ‘I met Harrie on an artist trip to the Central Australian desert several years back. She was collecting rusted cans and pots in the blistering heat to make an installation amongst the scrub. Since then she has continued to fossick for iron fragments to wield into the forms that have meaning in her life. On the Oberon farm where she lives, Harrie is surrounded by horses and cattle and her beloved dogs, Mate and Bird. I admire her tenacity, her spirit and her humour. Harrie’s work may be seen at King Street Gallery on William.’

Kerry McInnis, Drawn in Steel (Harrie Fasher) (Sculptor), oil on canvas, 168 x 153cm

On winning the accolade of People’s Choice Award McInnis said ‘I’m delighted to receive the news that my portrait Drawn in steel (Harrie Fasher) has been selected as the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award for the Salon des Refusés 2019. Portraying this young female sculptor of steel horses in her rural workshop near Oberon NSW seems to have resonated with the viewing public. The demeanour of the painting is decidedly Australian, and I think the subject is an uplifting example of creative endeavour emerging from a regional community.’

Holding Redlich’s Sydney Managing Partner Stephen Trew made the announcement at the Gallery, congratulating Kerry on her winning artwork and wishing her the best for her future creative projects.

‘This is an eye-catching work that is full of character and personality,’ Stephen said.

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 Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award is a cash prize of $3,000.

Kerry McInnis is represented by Wagner Contemporary Gallery, Sydney