Winning entry by local artist
Local photographer and artist Kirsten Sivyer has won a major art prize.
Sivyer entered the Bluethumb Art Prize in its inaugural year along with 1140 artists, submitting exclusive originals.
The exhibition showcases 25 finalists selected by an eclectic judging panel of 12 industry experts, including South Australian Living Artists Festival general manager Penny Griggs; indigenous music star, visual artist and traditional owner of Larrakia land June Mills; and qualified art curator and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano.
Sivyer won the prize, earning her a feature in a large marketing campaign and a $10,000 cash prize.
Sivyer said her winning piece, Home away from Home, was a painting in response to the theme of “Square”.
“This interpretation considers the relationship of modern first-world life to the natural environment; a common need to control and protect ourselves from nature which for some, perhaps belies a deeper desire to surrender and belong,” she said. “The piece had been on exhibition as part of PIAF earlier in the year, and while I felt that the painting worked well, I imagined that audiences might find it too spooky.
“I was surprised when it started getting a lot of great feedback on my Facebook page and also from exhibition audiences, so I guess it’s always worth testing the waters.
“The great response to the painting made me think that perhaps my vision and what people were seeing was in tune and that it was worth entering.”
Sivyer said it was surreal being announced as the winner, and that after two rounds of judging, she was excited to be listed as one of the 34 finalists who would exhibit their work in
JUDGES’ COMMENTS “It feels like home. It glows, it’s warm and safe, inviting, as a home should be. Kirsten has done an excellent job at capturing that enticing feeling in this work.” — Bluethumb in-house curator and art prize judge Janni Fewster “Beautiful use of light. The mood and glow created in this painting stand out for me. I just kept being drawn back to it.” — Judge Penny Griggs
Melbourne. “But when the curator called a couple of weeks before the show to tell me I’d won the $10,000, I had a lot of trouble believing it,” she said.
“I searched online for hours to make sure the whole thing was legit and it wasn’t some elaborate scam.
“By the time I got to Melbourne I knew it was really happening.”
The artist said thanks to the prize money, she is planning a return to Melbourne and then Tasmania to paint later in the year.
To see what’s happening in her studio and find out more about oil painting classes, visit Kirsten-Sivyer-Denmark-WA-Studio-Gallery on Facebook.