Still: National Still Life Award 2019 | Finalists announced

Fifty-six finalists have been selected for Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s Still: National Still Life Award 2019.

‘Eight finalists from the inaugural Still in 2017 return to the award in 2019, demonstrating that still life remains a rich source of ideas and experimentation for Australian artists,’ said Cath Fogarty, Gallery Coordinator.

Honor Freeman, Small acts of care, 2019, slip cast porcelain

Selected artworks include sculpture, printmaking, installation, painting, ceramics, photography and video ­highlighting the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice.

‘Among the entries, ideas about memory, consumption and over-consumption, extinction, environmental degradation, masculinity and meaning in the mundane are refracted through the traditional still life themes of vanitas and memento mori. Some finalists experiment with realism, illusion and composition, playing with still life conventions, while others gently poke fun at the sometimes earnest genre,’ Fogarty added.

Victoria Reichelt, Corrugated Horror, 2018, oil on linen

The 2019 finalists are: Phil Alldis, Louise Allerton, Kelly Austin, Sue Bell, Stephen Bird, John Bokor, Sara Bowen, Janine Brody, Kelcie Bryant-Duguid, Fran Callen, Brett Canet-Gibson, Carol Christie, Christine Courcier-Jones, Madeleine Cruise, Fiona Currey-Billyard, Michael Cusack, Jo Darvall, Sally Davis, Rachel Doller, Kate Dorrough, Christine Druitt-Preston, Scott Duncan, Helen Earl, Michele Elliot, Ben Fayle, Sharman Feinberg, Robert Fenton, Honor Freeman, Corrie Furner, Salvatore Gerardi, Jane Gerrish, Warwick Gilbert, Myfanwy Gullifer, Andrew Hickinbotham, Sally Hook, Julie Hutchings, Susan Jacobsen, Jane James, Susan Knight and Trevor Mein, Suzanne Knight, Catherine Lane and Linelle Stepto, Marie Mansfield, Donna Marcus, Nicola Moss, NOT, Victoria Reichelt, Ignacio Rojas, Daniel Sherington, Asahi So, Stephanie Theobald, Gerry Wedd, Greg Weight, Jo White, JP Willis, Amanda Wolf, and Christopher Zanko.

Warwick Gilbert, Atomic, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas

Chosen by this year’s judge – Director of the Shepparton Art Museum, Rebecca Coates – the winner will receive $30,000, and the winning artwork will join the Gallery’s collection.

The Still: National Still Life Award 2019 Exhibition opens on Friday 20 September, with the official opening on Saturday 21 September, and runs until 30 November 2019.