Bluethumb Art Prize 18 Winners & Finalists

Wednesday 18 April 2018

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By Freddy Grant
Melbourne
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About this Curation

The Bluethumb Art Prize is our annual award that aims to raise the profile of Australian artists by supporting, recognising and celebrating their incredible talent and diversity.

The 2018 prize has smashed our inaugural year’s number of entries, with more than double the entries of the Archibald Prize, including many of Australia’s best artists. Building on the overwhelming success of last year’s prize and exhibition, this year we doubled the prize money pool and introduced category awards to give more artists the opportunity to step into the spotlight.

2018 ART PRIZE WINNERS

Overall Bluethumb Art Prize: Kim Hyunji, Painless (Luke)

Photography Winner: Alice Blanch, A Shifting Stillness #4
Paper Winner: Erin Nicholls, Smoke
Canvas Winner: Kim Hyunji, Painless (Luke)
Other Media Winner: Illawanti Ungkutjuru Ken, Patupiri Wiltja
People's Choice Winner: Kim Hyunji, Painless (Luke)

About the Curator

Freddy is Bluethumb's PR & Communications Manager, arts writer and part of the curatorial team. He is the lead on many of Bluethumb’s key initiatives including the Bluethumb Art Prize and the Indigenous art centre platform.

A day in the life includes coordinating art shows, projects and events, writing press releases and guest articles, editing the Bluethumb blog and passionately promoting Bluethumb and our artists.

Freddy is also one of Bluethumb’s best customers.

61cm (W) x 91.4cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,850
90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Fine Art Photographic Print
$1,550
71cm (W) x 53.5cm (H)
Marker and pencil on Arches medium textured, 300gsm, cold pressed watercolour paper.
$4,490
20cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass), wool, raffia, emu feathers, wire
$2,350
101cm (W) x 101cm (H)
oil on canvas
$6,500
21cm (W) x 29.7cm (H)
Sewn drawing using cotton thread on paper
$210
122cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas
$1,785
227cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Stringybark with Ochre and PVA Fixative
$5,650
207cm (W) x 135cm (H)
acrylic and ink on canvas
$11,550
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
60cm diameter Acrylic on board.
$4,030
150cm (W) x 118cm (H)
Artists quality permanent oil paint on stretched canvas
$3,800
45cm (W) x 58cm (H)
Pigment ink print on rag paper
$2,600
51cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylics on canvas
$1,023
92cm (W) x 77cm (H)
Oil painting on board
$8,500
89cm (W) x 160cm (H)
Oil paint on canvas with raw hardwood frame
$7,450
80cm (W) x 101cm (H)
acrylic paint on canvas
$1,410
120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
oil on canvas
$7,500
122cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Acrylic on stretched canvas
$8,800
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil and beeswax on stretched canvas, ready to hang
$3,100
101cm (W) x 153cm (H)
Acrylic paint on canvas
$2,700