Hobart-based artist Sebastian Galloway has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Glover Prize for his entry entitled View Of Mt. Lyell through an Acid Raindrop.
Experimenting with the medium of oil on copper, Galloway’s work forges a connection with the subject matter of copper-mining in Queenstown.
Galloway, in his official statement accompanying his entry, speaks about the transformation of the Queenstown environment and landscape:
‘Although the environment of Queenstown is slowly healing, its Mars-like landscapes are as striking as ever; a persisting testament to over a century of copper mining. As the trees on the hills were felled for building and firewood, acid rain, caused by sulphur dioxide emitted by the copper smelting process, fell to earth and further transformed the landscape. The barren hills of exposed rock remain as stark evidence of an environmental catastrophe, yet they bear a strange and otherworldly beauty and are captivating for many.’
Galloway has won $50,000 and a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, after whom the Glover Prize is named. The Glover Prize is awarded for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania completed in the previous 12 months. Landscape painting is defined in its broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting, and Tasmania.
Two more prizes are to be awarded as part of the 2021 Glover Prize, with the People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Awards being drawn on the final day of the exhibition, with the winners receiving $3,000 and $500 prize money, respectively.
The 2021 Glover Prize is on view from 6 to 14 March at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania.