Wynne Prize 2022
Venue: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Exhibition Period: 14 May – 28 August 2022
Galerie du Monde is delighted to share that Juan Ford has been selected as a finalist for The Wynne Prize 2022. His painting Bittersweet is featured in a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Oil on Linen, 90.2 x 75.1 cm
“I regularly head out of town to immerse myself in nature and seek solace in it.
I’ve often reflected on what it means to represent landscape through art, and have concluded that being in nature bears little resemblance to seeing a painting of the same scene on a gallery wall. The two experiences are entirely dissimilar, yet, absurdly, are about the same thing.
I spilled paint onto the landscape, then repainted the result to illustrate this dissonance. Its analogous to the way we treat nature as if it’s something separate to us, when really we are products of natural processes. We can’t continue to trash, mine and pillage it without harming ourselves.“ — Juan Ford, 2022
The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s flagship art museums and the state’s leading visual arts institution. It holds the Wynne Prize annually for awarding the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’. This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW.
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