Melbourne-based artist Kirsty Budge has been named the 2021 winner of the Arthur Memorial Painting Prize for her work 'Ok, so is this a fresh hell or are we just adding to the regular one today?'
The painting is part of an ongoing series of works drawing on the artists' interest in psychoanalyse and a broader view that embraces the richness of the world.
Judges selected Budge's painting from 34 finalists, noting the energetic and elegant composition of the work.
"Through a confident application of colour, line and tone, recognisable symbols and motifs slip in and out of our recognition. Kirsty shows a wonderful painterly capacity to push and pull space. You sense a real enjoyment in the process of making. This is clearly a painting in dialogue with history, while also resonating with our current times, bringing forth its own sense of landscape and narrative," Judges said.
"It also felt like a form of communication because I have found it really hard to talk during this time. We were all in this inky abyss and trying to stay afloat. My closest people know that if I'm painting then I'm doing okay," she says.
The 2021 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize finalists' exhibition is on display at Bendigo Art Gallery until February 13, 2022.
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