Comment wins judges over

By Grace Jones | posted on April 5, 2018

VICTORIAN artist Kevin Chin was named this year’s $25,000 major acquisitive prize winner for his piece Sheltered at the launch of the Albany Art Prize exhibition at the Town Hall on Thursday.

Mr Chin was unable to accept the prize in person, but called on City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington to read a letter to the audience.

Mr Chin expressed his deep appreciation for his work being recognised as commenting on what he called a global migrant crisis.

Albany artist John Manson also impressed the judges and won the highly commended award for his piece Mt Clarence No. 2.

“I’ve been watching this award for years, and to even be involved is incredible,” he said.

Mr Manson said inspiration for his work came from spending his time driving and riding past Mount Clarence.

“I’ve spent years admiring the houses as I drove by and found the arrangement to be really pleasing, so I wanted to transfer that to a painting,” he said.

Finalists of the Albany Art Prize will be on display daily from 10am to 4pm at the Town Hall until May 6.

The people’s choice award will be announced at the close of the exhibition.