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2009 Dobell Prize for Drawing
Four finalists represented by Stella Downer Fine Art

November 2009
Stella Downer Fine Art
Congratulations to four artists represented by SDFA who have been hung as Finalists in the 2009 Dobell Prize for Drawing:

Tanya CHAITOW, David FAIRBAIRN, Graham FRANSELLA & Rod HOLDAWAY

About the Dobell Prize for Drawing:
The Sir William Dobell Art Foundation wishes to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship and the Dobell Prize for Drawing is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes and certainly the most respected award for drawing in Australia. An annual event, this acquisitive prize awards $25, 000 to a unique state drawing in the spirit of materials traditionally associated with the practice of drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.) as well as those which are part of contempory art drawing practice (pastel, watercolour, collage etc). Since it's inception in 1993 the Dobell Prize has been the subject for discussion and debate about the nature of drawing and it has an important and vital role in defining contemporary art practice.    

TANYA CHAITOWLooking for Baudrillard.  Spontaneity is an important element in TANYA CHAITOW'S work and her figures capture the essence of the whimsical nature of the human beings and the frailty of our existence. Tanya says "As an artist I articulate the figure in space, its relationship to other characters and its internal emotional landscape. I link this inner world to the external and the narrative lies in the disjunction of magic and foreboding which describes the world we live in as both quirky and terrifying." Drawing is an important part of Tanya's work and she sees it as a metaphor for thinking and a direct method of making the invisible visible.

DAVID FAIRBAIRN: Large portrait D.G. no 4. DAVID FAIRBAIRN says "my drawings and paintings are a forensic mapping out of an energy field." FAIRBAIRN creates architectural portraits using bold layers and angular lines. His works on paper portray the inherent fragility of human existence - the layers become markers of time, capturing every movement of the sitter.

GRAHAM FRANSELLA: Figure in blue. GRAHAM FRANSELLA's work is unashamedly bold. His striking canvases and large-scale etchings capture a burst of colour and multi-layered abstraction. FRANSELLA is concerned with presence and absence - the presence of human form and the absence of personal identity. His work presents symbolic snapshots of people, places and time.

ROD HOLDAWAY: Morning traffic, Enmore Rd. ROD HOLDAWAY's work is poetically expressionistic. His works on paper and oil on canvas often capture the mood of the urban environment, in particular the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown. HOLDAWAY's works portray a fast, yet gentle, vision of life with an applied jungle of pigment.

Please support our artists and their wonderful efforts by going along to view the exhibition of Finalist works in the Project Gallery, Ground Level of the Art Gallery of New South Wales between the 6 November 2009 - 31 January 2010. Admission is free. 

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