Albany Art Prize winners announced

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The winners of the 2018 City of Albany Art Prize have been announced, with Victorian artist Kevin Chin taking out the top award.

Chin was awarded the $25,000 Major Acquisitive Prize, at tonight’s official opening of the contemporary exhibition, for his work Sheltered.

Selected from 30 finalists and more than 300 entries, judges FORM WA curator Mollie Hewitt, John Curtin Gallery associate director Chris Malcolm and Victorian independent curator Damian Smith said Chin demonstrated a strong and original mastery of painting.

“More than a painter, Chin is a storyteller who understands the power of visual cues and strategies, deploying these devices with vividness and confidence,” they said.

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While Great Southern man John Manson received the $2,500 Highly Commended award for his work Mt Clarence No.2.

Depicting houses on the side of Mount Clarence, the highly accomplished piece earned accolades from the judges for the strong command of the medium.

The judges also noted Manson’s subtle use of colour and tonality and his acute visual perception work to make this a commanding painting that is very true to life.

The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition which will be open daily at the Albany Town Hall from 10am – 4pm at until May 6.

The 2018 Albany Art Prize marks the final year the Jack Family Charitable Trust will support the prize since its inception in 2008.

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