Winning artists from 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards

Winning artists from 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards

Bundaberg artist Marlies Oakley has taken out the top prize at the prestigious 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards held at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum (GRAGM) on Saturday, 17 October.

Marlies won the coveted Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award for her artwork Physical Distancing, taking home the top prize of $15,000 in the process.

“I love architecture, so I started off with European-inspired cityscapes and then thought I’d turn it around and have a mirror image and just do Australia, so it’s like the northern and southern hemispheres,” she said.

“I collected the Australian images that happened to be in black and white from vintage books and magazines.

“I thought that it looked like the northern and southern hemispheres with different time zones, day and night, and then the black glittery area separating those hemispheres represented social distancing where we can’t really get to see each other – I can’t see my father in Germany because I’m stuck in Australia.

Marlies said she would save her $15,000 prize money and use it to visit her father in Germany once travel restrictions are lifted.

The 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards winners list

  • The Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award ($15,000) Marlies Oakley Physical Distancing
  • The Pamela Whitlock Memorial Acquisitive Award Sponsored by Gladstone Regional Council ($5000) Elena Churilova Wild Swans (Bajool Weir)
  • The Pieter Groen-int-woud Memorial Young Emerging Artist Award Sponsored by Multitrade ($1500) Katie Hovelroud Plants and Humans
  • The Local Murri Artist Award Sponsored by Elizabeth & Leo Zussino ($1250) Wendy McNeil Carnival of Flowers
  • The Gail Sellers Local Artist Award ($1000) Irene Sparks After the Rain
  • The Installers Choice Award Sponsored by Laureen Tkacik ($500) Andrea Farrow Plucky Pelicans