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Michael Vale wins Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Friday, May 12, 2017

Well-known Melbourne-based artist Michael Vale has taken out the $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize for his painting Snow.

Vale’s work was selected from a group of 37 finalists drawn from over 400 entries from across Australia.

In awarding the work the judging panel celebrated the accomplished nature of the work and its intriguing subject matter.

Curator Michael Brennan, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said that the work provides an unsettling view into the unconscious.

“This accomplished work is populated with curious figures gathering at the point between day and night,” Mr Brennan said.

“The viewer is left to find their own place within this complex narrative.”

This year’s $3,000 Local Art Prize Winner is Jennifer Goodman who grew up in Brighton.

Bayside Mayor Cr del Porto said that recognising artists with a strong Bayside connection is a key component of the Prize.

“Goodman’s high impact work uses bold colours, and, although abstract, contained sinuous lines which reminded the judging panel of the works of the great Italian painter Amadeo Modigliani,” Cr del Porto said.

The 2017 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize was judged by Samantha Comte, Curator & Exhibition Coordinator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Jason Smith, Director Geelong Gallery, and The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre Curators Joanna Bosse and Michael Brennan.

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize continues at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre until 18 June.

Michael Vale (born 1952), Snow 2016, oil on line, 122 x 92 cm, Courtesy Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Jennifer Goodman (born 1956), Zephyr 2016, oil on linen, 120 x 200 cm, Courtesy the artists and Gallerysmith, Melbourne