‘Lithgow Wetlands’ soak up the 2016 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

Robert Malherbe, Lithgow WetlandsRobert Malherbe was announced the winner of the prize 2016 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize for his work titled Lithgow Wetlands, at the awards ceremony held at NSW Parliament House on 12 October, 2016.

Malherbe’s winning painting permanently enters the collection of the New South Wales Parliament.

Craig Handley and Daniel Kyle were selected as the highly commended artists.

This year’s selection panel was comprised of Jane Watters, Director SH Irvin Gallery, artist Junko Hagiwara, and Phil Goldsmith, NSW Parliament representative, Collections Officer with final judge David Hulme, Art Valuer at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia.

The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. Contemporary Australian artists paint ‘en plein air’ both in the bush and the city. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize encourages artists to embrace the tradition and feel of ‘plein air’ to create new art works depicting subjects in the beautiful state of NSW. Painting in the tradition of ‘en plein air’ allows the artist to capture something more than just the depiction of a landscape, adding mood and atmosphere to the setting.
NSW Parliament House
Until 28 October, 2016


Robert Malherbe, Lithgow Wetlands, oil on linen, 91.8 x 76.5cm

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