Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 - Art Gallery of Ballarat
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has announced that the winner of the $10,000 inaugural Rick Amor Drawing Prize is Melbourne artist Brent Harris.

Harris’s winning entry was a charcoal drawing entitled Study for ‘Deluge’ which he drew last year.

The exhibition judge was established Melbourne artist Paul Boston. “This is a luminous and intriguing work drawn with great sensitivity and an appealing freshness of touch”.

“The imagery is handled with such subtlety that there is only the merest hint of some ominous, unfolding human drama. This understatement leaves the viewer all the more fascinated,” Mr Boston added.

The exhibition of the 80 shortlisted works submitted for the competition will be on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until Sunday 7 November.

Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Gordon Morrison said that he was thrilled that the Gallery would receive a work of such calibre into its permanent collection.

"I wholeheartedly endorse Paul's selection of this work as the winner of this prestigious award. It's a work that will fit very well with our collection”.

"Brent Harris is a very talented and interesting artist whose early work was characterised by a Spartan minimalist quality. This example of his more recent work reflects more the spirit of the classical drawing tradition,” Mr Morrison added.

"It's a drawing that is reminiscent of a cartoon for a fresco by an Italian Renaissance master, but while the figures have a classical quality there is also an air of menace in the work. "

"This is a work that is far removed from Paul's own art practice - his selection has been objective and astute," Said Mr Morrison.

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