Light dancing below the Headland by Lynne Wallis
Light dancing below the Headland by Lynne Wallis

Painting the landscape

The Country Energy Art Prize (aka Countryscapes) – a competition for landscape painting – showcases the artistic talent that abounds in country and coastal New South Wales. Now the winners (who share in the $35,000 prize money) have been announced.

Graham Lupp from Bathurst with his work Hen and Chicken Lane was selected as overall winner from 49 finalists (from over 400 entries) by leading art market analyst and critic Michael Reid at the Lismore Regional Gallery – host of this year’s exhibition.

“The competition came down to three very strong works,” Michael said. “But what made Graham’s piece stand out was the trees – they took on a sinewist, abstract texture, in what is otherwise a traditional landscape.”

Interestingly, 21 of the finalists were from the Northern Rivers. (We’re an artistic lot, aren’t we?)

Countryscapes runs at the Lismore Regional Gallery till December 12.


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