Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Exhibition At Bendigo Art Gallery Until 3 April 2011

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Exhibition At Bendigo Art Gallery Until 3 April 2011

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Premier Announces Winner Of The 2011 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize

Victor P Taffa

Sydney-based Painter Tim Johnson has taken out Australia’s richest open Painting Prize Bendigo Art Gallery’s Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize.

Johnson received the $50,000 prize for his work, Community Base, which incorporates elements of indigenous dot painting and traditional portraiture.

Announcing the winner last night, Premier Ted Baillieu said the biennial prize attracts some of the finest contemporary artists from across the country.

“The judges unanimously selected Tim’s work from the 38 finalists, describing his technique as creating ‘a fresh sense of what painting can do’.” Premier Baillieu said.

The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize was established in 2003 by Bendigo’s Allen Guy to honour the life of his brother Arthur who died in 1945, while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force in New Guinea.

“The extraordinary contribution of the Guy family has created Australia’s richest open prize for painting and provided Bendigo Art Gallery with an opportunity every two years to mount an exhibition that has been described as a ‘litmus test’ of Australian contemporary painting.” Premier Baillieu said.

Mr. Baillieu said entries for the Prize were completely open in terms of theme and style, allowing artists to enter works that illustrate who they really are.

“The resulting exhibition brings together artists from across the country, showcasing a diverse range of works from portraiture and landscapes to abstract works. It is a stunning exhibition that shows the diversity of painters working in Australia today.” Premier Baillieu said.

Premier Baillieu said the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition added to the dynamic exhibition program of the Bendigo Art Gallery.

“Bendigo Art Gallery has gained an enviable reputation for staging high-quality exhibitions which have drawn visitors from across Victoria and Australia.” Premier Baillieu said.

“It is a major cultural asset for the region, a compelling tourism magnet, and a huge success story for the arts in Victoria.”

“The Coalition Government will seek to reinforce this growing strength and ensure Bendigo becomes a centre of first choice for international and exclusive exhibitions across a range of art forms including memorabilia, theatre and design.” Premier Baillieu said.

The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Exhibition is now open at Bendigo Art Gallery and closes on 3 April 2011. Admission is free.