Sulman Prize 2017 Finalist
29 July – 22 October 2017
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.
A genre painting is normally a composition representing some aspect or aspects of everyday life, and may feature figurative, still-life, interior or figure-in-landscape themes.
A subject painting, in contrast, is idealised or dramatised. Â Typically, a subject painting takes its theme from history, poetry, mythology or religion. Â In both cases, however, the style may be figurative, representative, abstract or semi-abstract.
A mural is a picture fixed directly to a wall or ceiling as part of an architectural and/or decorative scheme.
Established within the terms of Sir John Sulmanâ€™s bequest, the prize was first awarded in 1936. Â Each year the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW invite a guest artist to judge this open competition. Â Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung).
Angela Tiatia (2017), ‘Invisibleness’, oil on linen, 153 x 117 cm
Women of colour experience an everyday paradox â€“ being simultaneously invisible and highly visible. Â In mainstream film, television, politics and art, the coloured woman is largely invisible. Barely glimpsed. This leads to a public who are unfamiliar with her.
Paradoxically, this unfamiliarity makes her highly visible in her everyday life. Â She sticks out. However, it is not the person that is noticed but her features, which seem peculiar â€“ the texture of her hair, the colour of her skin. Â She is objectified as a dehumanised collection of oddities. Invisibleness is about the experience of not being seen as a complete person.
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