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Learn about different ways contemporary artists work with paint through the painting practices of three finalists in conversation with Bendigo Art Gallery Curator Clare Needham.
Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize attracts some of Australia’s most accomplished artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. The Prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting by established and emerging artists from across Australia.
Renee Cosgrave lives and works in Narrm (Melbourne) on Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Country. She’s from Aotearoa (New Zealand) of Irish, Māori and Scottish descent. Her practice explores painting, wall paintings, raranga (weaving), drawings and prints. Her works investigate colour, repetition, culture and landscape.
Bundit Puangthong is a contemporary Thai artist who lives and works in Melbourne. Puangthong has blended formal training in traditional Thai temple arts with post-graduate study and training in contemporary western methods, and an interest in the contemporary practices of graffiti and pop art to create a unique artistic style. He regularly participates in group and solo shows in Asia and Australia and his work is highly sought by collectors and institutions, including Artbank, Australia’s largest collector of contemporary art.
Philip Wolfhagen from Longford, Tasmania, is recognised as one of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape painters. His paintings are inspired by the atmospheric landscape of Tasmania and the emotive qualities of light and weather. Wolfhagen has held over 45 solo exhibitions and his work is held in major public and corporate collections in Australia and in private collections nationally and internationally.