Education and Arts

Finalist of two prestigious painting prizes

Lecturer in 2D Studies Prudence Flint, from the School of Arts and Sciences (Vic), has recently been announced finalist of two of the most prestigious painting prizes in Australia: The Sir John Sulman Prize and The Archibald Prize.

The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

Prudence’s art works ‘Queen Anne mirror’ and ‘Ukulele’ are part of an ongoing series of paintings of women in front of mirrors and playing musical instruments.

She approaches her paintings in an open-ended way. Her work ‘Ukulele’ is part of an ongoing series of paintings of women playing musical instruments. “I like the way this creates an active private world,” she says. “I chose to compose the figure in this way because a certain proximity and intimacy needed to be maintained between the figure, the objects on the table and the space of the room. You are lured into the painting on its own terms – I don’t want the paint strokes to create any pointless drama. I want the tension to be between the things that are open and free, and the things that are closed and held. The objects on the table make a kind of metaphoric sense to me.”

Prudence was a finalist in the 2006 Archibald Prize and won the 2009 Portia Geach Memorial Award and the 2004 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. She exhibits in Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, where she will have her 12th solo show in October 2013.

View her works at the links below:
Finalist: Sir John Sulman Prize 2013 - Queen Anne mirror
Finalist: Archibald Prize 2013 - Ukulele