November 18, 2021
Judges' Scorecard: Ken Done
This curation features forty entries nominated by judge Ken Done for the Bluethumb Art Prize 2021 across eight categories including abstract, portrait and landscape, as well as Ken’s five favourites overall.
First up is Kelly Napanangka Michaels’ Mina Mina Jukurrpa, which is also his leading pick in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category. The acrylic painting features high-contrast, warm-hued elliptical patterns juxtaposed against black negative space. "An intriguing pattern that grows more interesting the more you look at it," Ken noted. "And isn't this the mark of a good painting?"
Ken's second choice is Fury by Robert Hagan. In this landscape oil painting, Australian stockmen round up bush brumbies over an unlevel mountain stream. "Worth every cent. This dynamic painting conveys everything about the moment."
Up next is oil painting Shadowbloom Series: One, a submission in the still life category. "To paint these beautiful flowers in black and white shows how fabulous the shapes of the blooms are and makes a dynamic pattern across the canvas."
In contrast, simplicity, strength, and directness are the strengths of Mirror into Mirror by Loribelle Spirovski. Nominated fourth, this entry in the portrait category was also featured in fellow judge Kathrin Longhurst’s top five. With soft, jewel-like colours against a black backdrop, the oil painting brilliantly captures a sense of pathos expressed by the male subject during the lockdown. "Incredibly competent portrait. It's simple, strong, direct and brilliantly executed."
“Be there soon”, is the English translation of the fifth nomination titled in Bahasa Indonesia, Berada di Sana Segera by Natalie Uhrik. An acrylic painting in the abstract category, the work is meditative and reflects silence, expressing the artist’s desire to travel freely. "An intriguing image that involves the viewer in multiple decisions. A complicated and beautiful work."
Explore the rest of Ken’s picks across all eight categories: Photography, Portrait, Still Life, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Abstract, Landscape, Digital and Sculpture.
Curated by Ken Done
99cm (W) x 110cm (H)