Finalists for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize have been revealed with almost 40 artists vying for the $50,000 prize.
Held every two years at Bendigo Art Gallery, the prize is designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists.
The prize is accompanied by an exhibition featuring the work of shortlisted artists, and is widely considered an indication of the very latest trends, developments and themes in contemporary Australian painting.
Gertrude Street Gallery artistic director Mark Feary, ANU School of Art and Design associate professor David Hansen and Monash University Museum of Art senior curator Hannah Matthews will judge the award alongside Bendigo Art Gallery and the Guy family.
Now in its 14th year, the Arthur Guy Prize was established by Allen Guy in honour of his brother Arthur.
Arthur was was educated at Camp Hill State School in Bendigo and then at Ballarat Grammar School before joining the RAAF and serving in New Guinea.
On February 14, 1945, aged 30, Arthur was killed when his plane was shot down near Lae.
Shortlisted artists’ works will be on display at Bendigo Art Gallery from June 17 to September 17. The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on June 16.
The 2017 finalists are: Matt Arbuckle, Steven Asquith, Andrew Browne, Kirsty Budge, Robyn Burgess, Deidre But-Husaim, Mitch Cairns, Jon Campbell, Sadie Chandler, Marcel Cousins, Jesse Dayan, Prudence Flint, Martin George, Helga Groves, Stephen Hayley, Pei Pei He, Euan Heng, Rachael Hooper, Kez Hughes, Jennifer Joseph, Guundie Kuchling, Michael Lindeman, Christian Lock, Dane Lovett, Fiona Lowry, Margaret Loy Pula, Karla Marchesi, Robert Owen, Louise Paramor, Anthony Pelchen, Bundit Puangthong, Jordan Richardson, Kate Shaw, Robyn Sweaney, Kate Tucker, David Wadelton and Stephanie Wilson.
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