The 2016 Perry Prize

and the winner is...

The 2016 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Exhibition of Finalists was officially opened at 7 pm Friday 26 February. Judge for the award Ms Julie Ewington, independent curator and writer, made the opening remarks extending a special mention to finalists Matt Coyle, Jane Grealy, Netta Loogatha, Kiata Mason, Sarah Rogers, Neridah Stockley, Gauri Torgalkar and Craig Waddell for their 2016 entries. Ms Ewington declared the artistic endeavour of drawing to be alive and well in contemporary Australia before announcing the winner of the $25,000 acquisitive prize: 

Congratulations to Melbourne artist mr andrew browne for his work on paper 'barrier'!  

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is among the most significant art awards in the country and this year the Gallery received over 600 entries, a record number of entries for the prize.

Winning artist Andrew Browne said of his work: … this drawing – a study for a probable larger painted work - attempts to conjure both a surreal mood and a satire on ‘modernist’ space, with allusions to the anthropomorphic, a stagey romanticism and the uncanny.

In a statement about the 2016 selection Ms Ewington said: Drawing, in all its various forms, is one of the foundations of working as an artist. But more than a skill, today drawing is the home of the unexpected, and the provisional: it is a sprawling set of working methods, as well as a destination. In 1991 the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, now a Nobel-prize winning novelist but once an aspiring artist, evoked something of the immediacy and excitement of drawing when he wrote 'My mind was at the tip of my pen, acting before I could think; at the same time it could survey what I had already done.'

In selecting just a fraction of the over 600 entries for the 2016 Adelaide Perry finalists' exhibition, I wanted to reveal some of the many different ways that contemporary artists use drawing to explore their world, and the life of the imagination. Works in the exhibition are variously rough or refined, fully finished or working studies; some are still and precise, others frenzied with movement or colour and, in one case, the drawing is animated. Taken together, they show that drawing is alive and well in Australia today.

The works of the 46 2016 finalists are currently on display at Adelaide Perry Gallery until 25 March.

Andrew Antoniou, Wendy Black ,Barbara Bolt, Maudie Brady, Andrew Browne, Ann Cape, Tom Carment, Maryanne Coutts, Matt Coyle, Philip David, David Fairbairn, Stephen Fearnley, Erika Gofton, Susan Gourley, Jane Grealy, Liz Harriott, Geoff Harvey, Carly Hawkins, Pei Pei He, Rachel Hill, Judy Holding, Juliet Holmes á Court, Eamonn Jackson, Nicole Kelly, Martin King, Netta Loogatha, Marco Luccio, Kiata Mason, Carolyn Mckenzie-Craig, Becc Ország, Pauler Pancakes, Fiona Rafferty, Candice Reid-Latimer, Sarah Rogers, Edgar Schilter, Kurt Schranzer, Neridah Stockley, Adriane Strampp, Gauri Torgalkar, Craig Waddell, Jessica B Watson, Helene Weeding, Peter Wegner, Paul White, Therese and Christopher Williams, Michelle Zuccolo.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is generously sponsored by PLC Sydney Parents and Friends’ Association.

The People's Choice Award

PLC Sydney congratulates Mr Martin King, this year’s recipient of the $2,000 People’s Choice Award, for his work on paper Green Mist Black Retouched. Visitors to the Exhibition of Finalists in March were invited to vote for their favourite work.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Exhibition of Finalists 2016
27 February – 25 March,
8.30 am – 4 pm weekdays and 11 am – 4 pm Saturdays.

Above: Opening Night, 2016 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.
(From left): PLC Sydney Principal, Dr Paul Burgis, Judge, Ms Julie Ewington, Art and Design Captain Georgia Perivolaris and Mr Andrew Browne (Perry Prize winner)


Title: Barrier | 2016 Adelaide Perry Prize Winner © Andrew Browne 


king martin green mist black retouched 2016

Title: Green Mist Black Retouched | 2016 Adelaide Perry Prize People's Choice © Martin King