The Art Gallery of New South Wales announced this week that ACU lecturer Stuart Watters is a finalist in the prestigious $50,000 Wynne Prize for 2016 held in conjunction with the Archibald Prize. Mr Watters is one of 34 finalists chosen from a field of 710 entrants for his painting titled Kultureland which is a large work (168cm x 233cm), oil on canvas.
Each year, the Wynne Prize is awarded for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.
The competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the gallery. Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape art, entering the collections of public galleries.
The prize was established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, who died in 1895, and first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the gallery at its present site.