Painting captures tragic landscape

Painting captures tragic landscape

05 March 2010

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Australia —   Coolum landscape artist Pam Walpole’s entry for this year’s Archibald Prize is a huge five-metre by two-metre painting depicting the aftermath of last February’s tragic Victorian bushfires.

The painting, Black Saturday, features eight burnt fence palings, salvaged from a fire that burnt down the rear building of the Lasting Impressions Art Gallery, in Kenilworth, where Pam exhibits her work.

The palings have been inscribed with comments of the aftermath, and names of the Victorian towns that were ravaged.

Black Saturday has been entered in the Wynne Prize, which is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture, by an Australian artist.

Pam said the entries for this year’s Archibald Prize were due to arrive at the New South Wales Art Gallery this week.

“Only about 28 paintings are selected out of approximately 800 works submitted in each category,” she said.

“So it’s all in the hands of the gods – or a tough selection team that annually chooses works that are highly scrutinised and criticised by all and sundry.”

Finalists will be announced on March 17.

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