Objects come to life in gallery

MORE than 200 paintings have been entered in Coffs Harbour's major art competition, the $15,000 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award.

The EMSLA, the most popular exhibition of the year at the gallery, will open next Friday, October 30, and will remain on show until the first week of 2010.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery director Dr Leigh Summers said she was delighted with the high calibre of the work entered this year.

“The standard is higher and very significant and established artists have entered,” she said

“The works range from gently decorative to deeply political, complex and abstract paintings.”

Among work in the exhibition is a study of well-loved house paint brushes by John R Walker, who is better known as a landscape painter; a detailed treatment of draped sheets by John Hart, the son of Pro Hart; a colourful treatment of poppies and fabrics by Graham Marchant; Mao Dunny Toy, a biting commentary by Song Ling, and two large lush works depicting teacups by Rosemary Valadon.

This is only the third year of the EMSLA and Dr Summers said the award was beginning to appear on artists' CVs as a significant national prize.

Local artists are also represented in this year's EMSLA exhibition, with work by Ted Hillyer, Laurie Mossuto, Ashley Johnston and Elisa Hall in the show.

Laurie Mossuto's painting of a monopoly game points to the global financial crisis.



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