President of the Art Society Ipswich Helen Derry with Kristian Mumford’s oil piece ‘Hedy’.
President of the Art Society Ipswich Helen Derry with Kristian Mumford’s oil piece ‘Hedy’. Sarah Harvey

City gains a taste for naked art

THE Ipswich Art Society's Just Nudes exhibition has revealed two facts - more and more people are interested in artworks that explore the human form, and Ipswich art lovers have great taste.

A stunning oil painting by Adelaide artist Kristian Mumford was awarded first prize in the painting class.

Ipswich Art Society president Helend Derry said the painting, titled Hedy, had topped about 75 entries received from across Australia.

"We've had a lot more entires in all the categories this year," Ms Derry said.

Ms Derry said Hedy was also named as the exhibition's People's Choice winner.

"We received an overwhelming response from audiences to Mumford's painting," Ms Derry said.

"I think it's because it's a classic piece, people are drawn to it," she said of the large-scale painting."

Ms Derry said the exhibition had been a great success.

"We've had a lot of people through," Ms Derry said.

"It's all up on last year."

Ms Derry said the exhibition featured about 60 drawings, as well as 16 photographs and about 20 sculptures, all of which focused on nudes as subjects.

Mumford's charcoal drawing, titled Ivory Flame, also won first prize in the drawing class.

The Just Nudes exhibition will conclude at 3pm Sunday.

Ms Derry encouraged people to visit the Old Courthouse Gallery to enjoy the show's last days.

The Gallery will open from 10am to 3pm today and tomorrow, and is located at the corner of East and Roderick Sts, Ipswich.

Pieces featured in the exhibition are available for purchase.



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