A “VAST Nordik landscape” by New South Wales artist Rew Hanks has taken out this year’s prestigious Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.
The two-metre black and white print has won Hanks $16,000 and will be added to the city’s art collection.
Judges Lee Kinsella, Anne Ryan and Mark Stewart said the work was a sophisticated stand-out.
“This remote and beautiful part of the world seems untouched by modern life,” the wrote in the judging comments.
“However, on closer inspection tiny human figures infiltrate the scene, reminding us of the fragility of nature and the impact of humanity on the environment.
“The energy of nature is effectively rendered in the layers of water, land, cloud and sky.”
Hanks says the work was conceived during a three-month trip to Iceland in 2017, where he was overwhelmed by the diverse landscape.
The bland and white volcanic rocks suggested a linocut, but while examining photographs of the scene he noticed a fisherman at the waters edge and a couple more in a boat nearby. Their presence was a “shattering reminder” of four aluminium smelters on the island and another six which had been planned for the highlands.
Second prize in the award went to North Territory artist Eunice Napanangka Jack’s Kuruyultu.
Works that were highly commended were Mark Dustin’s Felt Suit, Clare Humphries’ New Moon on Monday, Nadia Kliendanze’s Pebbles and Julie Mia Holmes’ Anchorless.
None of the successful artists this year were from WA.
by STEVE GRANT