Rhonda Ferling Visual Artist

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The Courier Mail - Sunday Mail -  May 4, 2008 - Ronnie Girdham

 

 

Mixed

paint ...................

From urban teen cool to the Rainbow

Serpent, the Churchie art show is a display

of excellence, writes Ronnie Girdham

ART judge SimonWright was given a

website and a password and told he

had two weeks to complete the

preliminary judging of more than 760

works entered in the 21st Churchie

National Emerging Art Exhibition.

He was given only the name of the

artist, the name of the work and the

image — no ages, no locations, no

histories — and within four days,

viewing in four to five-hour blocks,

had selected what he considered the

finest 105 of the 400 paintings, 180

works on paper, 115 sculptures and

69 new-technology entries.

And the director of the Griffith

Artworks and Dell Gallery at the

Queensland College of Art was

mightily impressed with what he

saw submitted for the Brisbane

Anglican Church Grammar

School show.

‘‘People connected with the

school really got their act

together. (In other ones I’ve

judged they’ll give you a CD

the size of a phone book),’’ he

said.

‘‘It’s like a blind wine-tasting.

All I could judge on was what it

looked like and what it tasted like.’’

The grand prize is $10,000, in

addition to the category prizes, to be

announced at the opening of the

exhibition late this month.

Wright said he later learnt the

entries had come from all over

Australia, living up to its claims of

representing a truly national art

prize.

‘‘Rhonda Ferling’s oil portrait Bad

Boy

doesn’t slip into the nostalgic

formula of presenting an insight into

the personality,’’ he said.

‘‘She’s painted her son, who happens

to be autistic, but she’s not

playing any violins. He’s a cheeky kid

and she’s made a remarkable connection

between the subject and the

painter.

.

The winner will be announced on

May 30 and all 105 works preselected

will make up the exhibition.

All entries will be for sale.

The Churchie, Morris Hall, Anglican

Church Grammar School, Oaklands

Pde, East Brisbane. May 29 to June 1

(Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm,

Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-

R.M. Williams, OUTBACK, Issue, 59 June/July 2008, Education, p.149 For Learning's Sake, by Reidar Von Hirsch.


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