This Friday sees the opening of the exhibition of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. On show are works by the winner, Sally Anderson, and a selection of the finalists.
Now in its eighteenth year, the Brett Whiteley Scholarship provides a young artist with the opportunity to be immersed in the inspiring creative milieu of Paris. The winning artist receives a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and a $40,000 grant.
Anderson has already taken advantage of putting her work in an international context, having been invited to participate in the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists residency in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2014.
The influence of this experience can be seen in Anderson’s works such as Dilling’s Bromeliads with Gullfoss Falls (2016). This work showcases Anderson’s skill in evoking the natural landscape while also engaging the audience on a conceptual plane. Anderson’s work also hints at the process the work went through to become the finished product, allowing the audience to see through the painting, not just as a moment in time but as an ongoing journey.
This year's winner was decided by guest judge Ildiko Kovacs, one of Australia’s foremost abstract painters, whose work utilises rollers across large boards of plywood, combining layers of rhythm and movement to the fore. Kovacs praised Anderson's work for bringing together the figurative and the abstract.
“What drew me immediately into Sally’s work is the freedom and clarity in her use of paint.”
Having received the Bulgari art prize in 2015, which awarded Kovacs with a $30,000 residency in Italy, Kovacs knows the value of international exposure.
The winner and the finalists' work will be on show at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills until November 19. The exhibition is free to attend and is open Friday to Sunday, 10 am until 4 pm.
Anderson’s work is also currently on show at the Olson Gallery in Woollahra until October 29.