• Artist
    Ken Smith
  • Title
    In the light of history I
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    coloured pencil on paper
  • Dimensions
    39.5 x 70 cm
  • Credit Details
    Winner Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2012

Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ian Potter Foundation Gallery
Admission: Free

This exhibition presents shortlisted artists for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2012. The 76 works on display have been selected from a field of over 600 submissions, all of which are no larger than 76 x 56cm.

Rick Amor, one of Australia's leading contemporary artists, has generously sponsored this $10,000 acquisitive prize for small drawings at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. In sponsoring the prize, Amor says "I hope that this prize gives people one more reason to keep drawing on paper… the most direct and intimate expression of an artist's sensibility".

The judge for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2012 is noted Australian artist Prudence Flint. Illustrated is the winning work for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2012, Ken Smith's In the light of history I.

Judge's statement:
There were so many deserving works but I found myself considering two drawings for very different reasons. John Bokor's My Untidy Kitchen disarms with the warmth of its direct marks and shapes. But Ken Smith's In the Light of History I felt complete, maintaining a complex tension between its monumental references, its playful micro landscape and the simplicity of its colour pencil execution. All these elements come together to produce an immaculate work reflecting the artist's long standing engagement with the language of drawing.
Prudence Flint


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