Henry Thornton - Lifestyle: A discussion of economic, social and political issues 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing Date 28/09/2006
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Winner Nick Mourtzakis

2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing (information release)
Winner Nick Mourtzakis


It was announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales today, Thursday, 28 September that NICK MOURTZAKIS is the winner of the 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing for his work, nature. insects plants flowers. shell fish corals. the microscopic creatures. dreams.



image credit: Nick Mourtzakis nature. insects plants flowers. shell fish corals. the microscopic creatures. dreams
Winner of the 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing


Nick Mourtzakis was awarded $20,000 for winning Australiaís most respected award for drawing.  His work was automatically acquired for the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This year there were 625 drawings entered, of which 45 are included in the exhibition. Irena Zdanowicz, former Head Curator of Prints & Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria, now an independent writer/curator was the judge.


Irena Zdanowicz said: The drawing by Nick Mourtzakis is a work of both great subtlety and great power. The drawing stood out by virtue of its riveting presence and its masterly and, ultimately, mysterious act of balancing the simultaneous revelation and concealment of the subjectís identity.  The 625 works submitted covered a wide range of contemporary approaches to drawing, from direct observation to illustration, expressive articulation, abstraction and conceptual work. 


This is the second time that Melbourne artist Nick Mourtzakis has won the Dobell Prize.  Mourtzakis won in 2000 with his work Untitled study.  His drawings and paintings have a long and sustained gestation, and are highly refined and reworked; his favoured subjects include portraits, still life and industrial landscapes. His teaching in art schools, studio practice and exhibition of his works has been continuous from 1975 to the present. He currently teaches at RMIT, Melbourne.


The Dobell Prize for Drawing, initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, was first awarded in 1993.
 
On view
2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing - selected works
29 September - 3 December 2006
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