Calling all artists

Published 15 February 2019

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With only two weeks until entries close for the Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, we look back at the talents of last year’s award winners. Submit your entry for the 2019 awards by Sunday 10 March.

Portrait of a Greek Man and Son, Samuel Scoufos
Moreton Bay Art Award

Portrait of a Greek Man and Son, Samuel Scoufos

Artist Statement: This is a portrait of Brisbane writer/director Stephen Kanaris and his son. A child at heart, he struggles with the push and pull between leading a creative life and the doldrums of day-to-day routines. This image represents on a wider level, one’s own battle with growing up, getting older, becoming burdened with responsibility and the constant, ongoing yearning to replay aspects of our youth.

Transition, Simon Degroot
Moreton Bay Art Award

Transition, Simon Degroot

Artist Statement: I use painting to explore a process of translation and recognition in relation to a contemporary context of image sharing and exchange. I use existing visual elements from various sources including art history, technology and the built environment to explore how abstract forms are re-employed in contemporary abstraction.

Inspiration Machine, Nadine Sawyer
Local Art Award

Inspiration Machine, Nadine Sawyer

Artist Statement: ‘Inspiration Machine' is light, poetic and joyous and forges into landscapes of boundless creativity. I see all parts of life connecting poetically and the most eloquent way for me to express my insights is through paint.

Find One Self series, Joanne Braddy
Brian Burke Award

Find One Self series, Joanne Braddy

Artist Statement: These ceramics are a symbol of what so many people go through in their lives. I have had depression episodes most of my life. Whenever I lose myself, feeling of hopelessness is pulling you down. There comes a realisation of feeling broken, then finding strength inside to push back the feeling of hopelessness and a fight to find ‘One Self’.

Johnny Pascoe no.1, Carla Adams
People’s Choice Award, Merit Award

Johnny Pascoe no.1, Carla Adams

 Artist Statement: There's a distinct connection between the gaze and the implied landscape. I can't look at Johnny's face without my mind's eye picturing him in his Kimberley landscape. The immediacy and raw qualities of drawing in pen speak to the uncomplicated relationship between man and country.