13th Solar Art Prize, 2022

7 Members of The Artist's Voice were finalists in the 13th Solar Art Prize, 2022. 2 members won prizes.

David Braun
David Braun
A Stream runs through it - Pen drawing with watercolour - 93x65
Cherishing the few remaining streams that run free, before man or climate change redirects or destroys. A waterway radically changed impacts on the landforms surrounding it.
2nd Overall Winner
Terry MacDermot
Terry MacDermot
Blah Blah Blah - Diptych - Mixed Media - 54x103
Coal dust invades the lungs of our sacred planet, the sky wheezes. Deep down our pollutants bleed into precious aquifers. Man's greed, Earth's sorrow.
Winner Oil/Acrylic Prize
Ross Hill
Ross Hill
Quarry - Triptych - Oil Pastel on Paper - 87x186
Quarry is a site that has it's resources removed until nothing of value remains. Often nothing is replaced. Sound familiar?
Jann Makepeace
Jann Makepeace
On the Brink - watercolour - 45x35
My inspiration - "Later that night / I held an atlas in my lap / ran my fingers across the whole world / and whispered / where does it hurt? / It answered / everywhere / everywhere / everywhere" Warsan Shire
Bob Landt
Bob Landt
Dancing Trees - watercolour - 74x94
Bob Landt
Bob Landt
Ironic: The Death of Plastic - acrylic on paper - 49x64
Bob Landt
Bob Landt
Mid afternoon: Flinders Ranges SA - photograph - 49x64
Ron Orchard
Ron Orchard
Palmer - acrylic on canvas - 100x152
Land returning to it's original state after a century of farming connected me to it's evident beauty, wilderness and timelessness.
Shelly David-Smith
Shelly David-Smith
Increase in plastic, waste & litter: Covid-19 - mixed media installation - 90x105x183
Covid waste: plastic takeaway containers (during lockdowns), hand sanitiser bottles, rapid antigen tests, masks, gloves. Some of the Covid PPE end up in landfill and some end up on our streets as litter and find their way into our oceans. A hazard to bird, wild & marine life. An Enormous World-Wide Problem.

Philip David - Finalist in Percival Portrait Prize, 2022

Philip David
Philip David
Portrait of Bob Landt, Oil on Canvas, 100x100cm
Last year, being another year of Covid lockdowns and restrictions, I looked around for some of my good friends who I haven’t yet painted in the art world. Bob and I are part of a group of 15 odd artists based in the Adelaide Hills and one night during conversation I wondered about painting him and he with his smile exactly as the painting shows was quite flattered that I would ask him. With further conversation, I discovered, that he has never had his portrait painted by another artist. Thus, his beaming smiley eyes did not alter during the whole sessions that he sat and I believe I have absolutely nailed his extremely calm, warm, very friendly nature. When Bob sat, I did approx. 5 sketches and 1 acrylic study, I later started a further painting as entered.
Philip David
Philip David
Conceptual Artist, Monica Morgenstern, relaxes over a coffee with Patch her dog
Oil on Board, 90cm x 60cm
Monica is an accomplished non-figurative, conceptual artist, who has had many exhibitions. She is full-time and treats her art career very seriously. I asked Monica if she would mind sitting for me for a series of portraits. She was delighted to be asked and also remarked that she had never had her portrait painted before ever. I had 2 sittings with Monica and on both occasions, I did numerous sketches and a number of acrylic paint studies. Monica was leaning against the kitchen sink and we were talking as I sketched. She wasn’t sure whether this would be a good pose and I said that “you were relaxed as you were informally talking about your art”. So I think I’ve managed to grab some of Monica’s intensity and seriousness about her work as she was dressed in the Klimpt like smock that she always works in.
Philip David
Philip David
Sculptor, Kon Heyer, 76 yo stands on a 700M yo glacier marked stone in winter in the Flinders Ranges, SA
Oil on Canvas, 180cm x 90cm
Last year during winter, Kon, myself and 2 other artists 4-wheel drove into the Flinders Ranges. There we sketched, loosely painted and photographed over a number of days. It was extremely cold most of the time even though it was sunny. On return to Adelaide, I decided to create a full-scale portrait of my good friend, Kon, based on his love of Outback Australia and with him being a sculptor he was thrilled that we discovered an incredible number of glaciated rocks, which on research was between 600 to 700 million years old. To me, this puts into perspective the age of our beautiful land and the changes that have occurred within it.
“Glaciers in the centre of Australia? Yes!”

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