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31st Combined Art Society of Sydney
Awards Exhibition 2021
Online
Congratulations to Our Oatley 101 Award Winners shown below.........
And you can visit the complete Show by clicking Here
Judged by Internationally well known Award winning Artist John Haycraft

Judge's Comment about the whole show –
"The standard of work presented for judging in the Art of Sydney Exhibition 2021 was outstanding. Particularly in the crowded Section 1 where there were more candidates worthy of prizes than there were prizes to give. Inevitably, in such cases, when the quality has bubbled to the surface, the judge is faced with choices so numerous that to single a few out seems unfair to those works that stand equally alongside each other in manner, matter and execution.  At last resort then, when the judge has applied all the criteria that one brings to judgement and the field is still not separated, the hapless individual digs into their emotions and responds accordingly"

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Best In Show - "Moody morning, Capertee Valley" by John Wilson

Judge's Comment: "The Best in Show has been chosen from many fine works as one that, of course, displays accomplished skill in handling the medium as one would expect, yet has a quality that makes it especially appealing. And that quality is the use of linear perspective that carries the viewer off into the distance coupled with colour perspective that uses hue saturation in such a beguiling manner. The hero of the scene is probably the craggy mountain etched against the sky, but as one becomes absorbed in the picture the delicate wisp of smoke from the house asks the viewer to rethink their involvement in the scene. All figurative painting carries a narrative. With this piece the artist uses multiple messages, sub-plots if you like, that revolve around each other and involves the viewer in an experience than goes beyond the first glance and rewards contemplation"



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Section One - Delaney Kelly Award for Oil or Acrylic painted as Oil
Second Prize
"The Diggings, Lightning Ridge" by David Lake

Judge’s Comment – “A painting that breaks the rules of composition with contempt yet invites our contemplation of the subject using rhythm and hue changes with masterly arrangement. The saturated sky colour is bold, nearly sweet, but is offset by the powerfully painted grey mid-values in the foreground. A great example of a painter who knows how to change the rules and has the skill to pull it off"

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Section One - Delaney Kelly Award for Oil or Acrylic painted as Oil
Highly Commended
"Studio Props" by Julie Brown
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Section One - Delaney Kelly Award for Oil or Acrylic painted as Oil
Commended
"Sydney Summers" by Catherine Harry

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Section Two - Combined Art Societies of Sydney Award for best Water Medium

Commended
"La Maison Rose, Montmartre"
by Trish Maclachlan


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Section Four - Delaney Kelly Award for Abstract Painting
Winner
"Composition in Green" by David Lake

Judge’s Comment - "This work boldly tackles the Green dilemma. Although the longest band in the colour spectrum Green is often avoided by artists wary of its power and effect on surrounding hues.
Here it is used assuredly by a masterful painter, cleverly mixing it with complements and analogous colours to give the work vibrancy and a sense of rhythmic patterning throughout"

4
Section Five - Delaney Kelly Award for Best 9 x 5 Painting
Winner
"Evening Pastoral" by David Lake
Judge’s Comment – "Appealing colour scheme, added to

an unusual composition and shape gives this piece a quality that is evocative. This is an atmosphere that is more easily achieved in larger works where the artist has more room to move. The fact that it has been captured here with such minimal treatment is a testament to the quality of the painter" 


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Section Five - Delaney Kelly Award for Best
9 x 5 Painting

Commended
"After the Rain" by Diana Garth
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Section Six - Combined Art Societies of Sydney Award for best Miniature Painting
Winner
"Stirs the Heart" by Trish Bennett
Judge's Comment -
“Well composed and boldly
painted. With limited room to move this artist has kept the composition and colour scheme simple and effective.”
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Section Six - Combined Art Societies of Sydney Award for best Miniature Painting
Second Prize
"Juliet" by Mara Marston-Boni
Judge's Comment - "Rubenesque in appearance

this small work appeals for how much the artist has managed to express with such a small study. It is full of character and suggests an intimacy between the sitter and the painter that is very appealing"

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Section Six - Combined Art Societies of Sydney Award for best Miniature Painting
Commended
"Moored in the Bay" by Freda Surgenor



The Finalists c
Section One
"Welcoming Rain"
by Diana Garth


c
Section One
"Boiled Egg at Grandma's"
by Marlene Weaver

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 Section One
"Road to Fullers Place"
by John Wilson

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Section Two
“High Mountains Snowgum" by Narelle Scott

c
Section Three
"Invigorates my Soul"
by Trish Bennett


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Section Three
"Rockpool"
by Jane Wray

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Section Four
"Tidal Surge"
by Isabella
Kwiatkowski