Jan Nelson to bring her compelling practice to The Gold Award 2018

Published on 09 March 2018


Jan Nelson’s visual language of critical realism will be skilfully represented at The Gold Award 2018.  

Through out her practice Nelson has worked across a range of media, including photography, painting, video and sculpture and more recently has explored the space between photography and painting in her hyper-realist, hyper-coloured portraits.

Designed as an invitational award to consider the best in contemporary painting while simultaneously building a substantive collection, the most outstanding work or works by an artist will be awarded the $50,000 cash prize, as judged by Simon Elliott, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, at QAGOMA.

One of the richest art prizes in Australia, the Award has been made possible through a generous bequest to the then Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust from the Estate of Moya Gold (1928-2000), a philanthropist who understood the joys and opportunities the arts and education can bring to a community and society.

Rockhampton Art Gallery Director, Bianca Acimovic said Nelson is nationally and internationally recognised for her highly refined technical skill and colour saturated portraits of young people.

“Jan’s work teases out how self-identity is formed, constructed and experienced in an era where visualisation through fashion, consumption and media is omnipresent,” said Mrs Acimovic.

“We are hoping to really delve into what painting actually means and we have specifically invited artists who tend to blur the lines or like Jan, tighten them back to photography with hyper realism”.

The Gold Award over its three presentations has seen between eight to ten invited artists  submit a body of work as part of the Award, creating a fulsome and rich exhibition that offers a coherent vision of an artist’s practice.

“I am honored to have been selected as one of the participating artists for the 2018 Gold Award.  Awards are a welcome acknowledgment for the dedication and commitment artists’ make to their craft, and they present an opportunity to disseminate the work to a much wider audience.” Jan Nelson

The winning work (or works) will be acquired for Rockhampton Art Gallery’s collection.

In the inaugural year, 2012, the winner was Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Sally Gabori) for Dibirdibi Country, and in 2014, Imants Tillers won the award for Epiphany and in 2016, The Gold Award was awarded to Jon Cattapan for the work titled Raft City No.4.

The Gold Award is the direct and active method in which Rockhampton Art Gallery builds its contemporary painting collection, with works in addition to the winning work also been  acquired to the Gallery’s collection by acquisition funds supported by Rockhampton Regional Council funds, and through public donation. These artists include Del Kathryn Barton, Ben Quilty, Jason Benjamin, Kate Shaw and Julie Fragar.

Image | Walking in Tall Grass (Marion) 2011, Oil and Liquin on Linen, H77.5cms xW59.5 cms

For further information please contact:
Bianca Acimovic
Gallery Director
T 07 4936 8173 | Bianca.Acimovic@rrc.qld.gov.au

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