William Mackinnon and Guido Maestri are finalists in the inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize in Hobart, Tasmania. The 2017 theme for the acquisitive landscape prize is ‘History and Place’ for the best portrayal of the Australian landscape which acknowledges the past.
Mackinnon was selected for his work, ‘Community’ 2010, painted during his time working as a field officer for Papunya Tula artists in the Northern Territory.
Maestri was selected for his work, ‘Governor’s ravages’ 2017 which references the 1978 Australian Film, and Thomas Keneally’s Booker Prize-nominated novel The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. The text ‘A whole host of improvements’ is a quote from the story and the image itself is painted from a screenshot from the movie.
The winner of the $100,00 acquisitive prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of finalists’ artwork.
Image credit: William Mackinnon, Community, 2017, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, 99.0 x 122.0 cm