The Castlemaine Art Museum is hoping to encourage a palette of painters to enter the Len Fox Painting Award.
It is the fourth time the biennial Len Fox Painting Award has been held. It is funded by a bequest from Mona Fox in honour of her late husband Len Fox (1905-2004), whose uncle Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) was an influential and internationally recognized Australian born painter.
EP Fox’s paintings are characterized by vibrantly coloured landscapes and scenes of everyday life.
Gallery manager Naomi Cass said up to 80 entries were received at the last award with a shortlisted of 30 artists announced.
“It's such an interesting concept,” she said. “It enables people to engage with EP Fox and bring to their own practice as artists to the broader community’s attention. It is a real celebration of painting, and an opportunity to bring a diverse approach to painting in honour of EP Fox.
“We want the community to get their canvases out.”
The Fox Award aims to recognise artists pursuing the artistic qualities of EP Fox who was noted for landscape, figurative and portrait paintings.
Artistic qualities of EP Fox include an engagement with colour and light, particularly within the genres of landscape and figure painting; ambitious connections with international developments in art; and an interest in travel and an engagement with the cultures of diverse regions and peoples.
Paintings may be made in any medium, subject to declared practical limitations, with any style or genre is eligible.
Ms Cass said she hopes to see a number of regional artists enter the $50,000 acquisitive award.
“Awards are often a great way of bring your work to the attention of not only community members and visitors to gallery, but also other curators,” she said.
“Curators keep eye on awards like this to find new talent. So this is a way of local artists coming to much broader attention.”
Entries for the Len Fox Painting Award are open until Friday, April 26. The winner will be announced on June 7 when the exhibition opens.
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