Sally West Short Listed for NSW Parliament Prize 2016
KAB Gallery artist Sally West has been shortlisted for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize for 2016. This is exciting news as we await the winner announcement.
Sally’s artwork for the NSW Parliament Prize 2016, “Manly Dams, 4th Sitting” oil on canvas 90x90cm is available for purchase via KAB Gallery – The price is $3600 and all expressions of interest can be made to [email protected]
The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature. The annual Plein Air Art Prize is a landscape painting prize. Eligible works are painted ‘en plein air’ depicting a New South Wales subject. It is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2016.
Sally West is a traditional en plein air painter and only paints from life. She travels to the best locations/viewpoints and depending on the weather, light and distance from the subject, her artworks capture her experience. Plein air painting is a world wide artist tradition but in an Australian context the Impressionists of the late 19th century were famous for it. Artists such as Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts were devoted to painting outdoors, and they collectively brought a new understanding of Australian light and landscape to the public through their work.
Sally regularly visits Freshwater Beach during the summer months to create her aerial paintings of swimmers and surfers. These paintings are treasured worldwide (See available beach paintings here).
We are very excited for Sally West and wish her all the best for the coming announcement of the winner and highly commended prizes for 2016.