Bass Coast,

Your Art On Exhibition


Choosing a painting to become part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s art collection will be a hard task this year, with three exceptionally talented artists in the running.

The award winning artists’ works will be on show as part of Council’s Your Art Collection (YAC) Exhibition, hosted this year by the Artist’s Society of Phillip Island.

Fourteen artworks by Ken Griffiths and Adrian Johnson, both from Wonthaggi, and Peter Walker from Cowes will be on display at the Cowes Cultural Centre. One piece will be chosen by judges to become part of Council’s collection.

“All three artists in this year’s exhibition are extremely experienced and talented,” Council’s Arts Officer, Josephine Kent said.

Mr Griffiths studied fine arts and education in the 1980s and taught until 1994 before resigned to pursue his art full time.

“He believes it’s his role to explore the possibilities of contemporary painting, yet still using skills and knowledge from the past.  This makes for an interesting and quirky style,” Ms Kent said.

Mr Johnson is a well-known landscape painter who already has five works in the Council collection. He said his style has a distinctive way of capturing the light of our landscape.

“I try to achieve a determined work practice to help solve problems, varying my technique and subject throws us many challenges,” Mr Johnson said.

Mr Walker is a prolific artist who has exhibited in top galleries in Melbourne, Canberra and New York and has worked to a theme for this exhibition. He said he will be showing paintings with portraits of well-known people.

“A characteristic of my work is a lyrical line and an emphasis on colour and the emotion it provokes,” Mr Walker said.

Ms Kent said this year, five community shows were registered for the YAC Award and it is the first time in three years that two artists have won two awards each.

A panel of art professionals will select one piece from the show. The panel this year includes Latrobe Regional Gallery Director, Julie Adams, well-known Venus Bay artist, Colin Suggett, and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery curator, Dr Wendy Garden.

Each artist receives $1000 for each YAC award and the winning artist will receive another $5000.

The exhibition runs from 31 August until 8 September. It will be open every day excluding Monday and Tuesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Cowes Culture Centre in Meeting Room 1.

Come along and see which artwork wins and meet with members of the Artist’s Society of Phillip Island who will be hosting the exhibition.