Bluethumb Art Prize 18 Winners & Finalists

Wednesday 18 April 2018

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By Freddy Grant
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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.


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
90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Fine Art Photographic Print
71cm (W) x 53.5cm (H)
Marker and pencil on Arches medium textured, 300gsm, cold pressed watercolour paper.
20cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass), wool, raffia, emu feathers, wire
101cm (W) x 101cm (H)
oil on canvas
21cm (W) x 29.7cm (H)
Sewn drawing using cotton thread on paper
122cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas
227cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Stringybark with Ochre and PVA Fixative
207cm (W) x 135cm (H)
acrylic and ink on canvas
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
60cm diameter Acrylic on board.
150cm (W) x 118cm (H)
Artists quality permanent oil paint on stretched canvas
45cm (W) x 58cm (H)
Pigment ink print on rag paper
51cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylics on canvas
92cm (W) x 77cm (H)
Oil painting on board
89cm (W) x 160cm (H)
Oil paint on canvas with raw hardwood frame
80cm (W) x 101cm (H)
acrylic paint on canvas
120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
oil on canvas
122cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Acrylic on stretched canvas
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil and beeswax on stretched canvas, ready to hang
101cm (W) x 153cm (H)
Acrylic paint on canvas