Ben Quilty | The Evo project, Sheep Wash Road 2012 | oil on canvas | Purchased with funds from Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and public donations 2012 | 2012 Gold Award finalist | Image courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery
Ben Quilty | The Evo project, Sheep Wash Road 2012 | oil on canvas | Purchased with funds from Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and public donations 2012 | 2012 Gold Award finalist | Image courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery

Rockhampton Art Gallery to host exhibition of finalists

QUEENSLAND'S richest art prize - the $50,000 Gold Award - is a biannual event at Rockhampton Art Gallery.

This year the winner will be selected from a field of eight artists, among the most highly regarded artists in contemporary painting.

These names can be found buzzing about exhibitions such as Melbourne Now, London's Art 14 and Hong Kong's Art Basel, or being announced as prize winners and finalists in some of Australia's most significant art prize events, including the Archibald and Wynne prizes.

Designed as an invitation award to consider the best in contemporary painting while simultaneously building a substantive collection, the most outstanding work or works by an artist will be awarded the $50,000 cash prize.

A wide range of genres from artists of varying backgrounds was selected in an effort to dissect a core sample of current trends in contemporary painting.

The eight artists selected as finalists for the 2014 Award are; Abdul Abdullah (WA), Peter Atkins (Vic), Del Kathryn Barton (NSW), Julie Fragar (Qld), Chris Langlois (NSW), Sam Leach (SA), Abbey McCulloch (Qld) and Imants Tillers (NSW).

The entries from all finalists in this prestigious biennial event will then be exhibited at Rockhampton Art Gallery until August 31.

The winning entry will be announced on July 4.

The Gold Award honours the memory of Moya Gold, a CQ philanthropist and educator, who inspired and provided for this prize directly through a substantial bequest. The Gold Award exhibition dates: July 5 - August 31 2014.



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