tidal.20: City of Devonport Tasmanian Art Award’s People’s Choice

A moody monotone oil painting of the Bluff by Spreyton-based artist Mary Wilson has won the tidal.20: City of Devonport Tasmanian Art Award’s People’s Choice prize.

Devonport Regional Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said Wilson’s painting captured a specific moment in time, a grey day just before the crowds arrived for the 2020 Devonport Triathlon.

‘The public obviously felt a connection with the painting, with many recognising the Bluff and the moody weather, as Mary’s work attracted a clear majority of votes,’ Dobson said. ‘Although the Bluff will not be added to the collection because the People’s Choice is a non-acquisitive award, it is indeed an honour for artists to be recognised for connecting with the community through their work.’

Mary Wilson, The Bluff, 2020, oil on canvas, 125 x 125cm

Wilson said the mood in her painting of the Bluff is an expression of emotional connection, nostalgia, and belonging. ‘For locals, this beach and its shoreline hold a lifetime of memories. Footsteps in the sand represent the present, the past, and the future,’ she said.

‘As constant as its tides, generations will continue to come and go, but the Bluff remains our eternal playground, each person’s story written in the sky.’

The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by One Agency Collins Real Estate, was announced at the close of the ‘tidal.20’ exhibition, which ran from 5 December 2020 to 30 January 2021.

The major $15,000 tidal.20: City of Devonport Tasmanian Art Award, sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Friends of the Devonport Gallery, was awarded in December to Hobart artist Janine Combes. Read more.