NSW artist Rew Hanks has won this year’s FAC Print Award for his work Gone Fishing East of Faskrudfjordur. Hanks takes home $16,000 with the work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection. NT artist Eunice Napanangka Jack was awarded second prize. Congratulations to the winners and all 56 finalists! The exhibition is open daily until Sun 10 Nov.

Rew Hanks, Gone Fishing East of Faskrudfjordur, 2018. Linocut, 70 × 200 cm

Rew Hanks, Gone Fishing East of Faskrudfjordur, 2018. Linocut, 70 × 200 cm

First Prize

NSW artist Rew Hanks has taken the coveted first prize in this year’s Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award with the work Gone Fishing East of Faskrudfjordur. He wins $16,000 in prize money and the print will be acquired by the City of Fremantle Art Collection.

This year’s judging panel – Lee Kinsella (WA), Anne Ryan (NSW), Mark Stewart (WA) admired the work and said, “Gone Fishing East of Faskrudfjordur stood out for its lyrical rendering of a vast Nordic landscape. This remote and beautiful part of the world seems untouched by modern life. However, on closer inspection tiny human figures infiltrate the scene, reminding us of the fragility of nature and the impact of humanity on the environment. The energy of nature is effectively rendered in the layers of water, land, cloud and sky. The print is extraordinarily sophisticated and well-executed, on an ambitious scale that sustains its power over the expanse of the image.”

Rew Hanks has held 27 solo exhibitions and over 178 group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Nationally he has been awarded 28 print prizes and 12 international print prizes. His works are held in the Australian National Gallery and most state and regional galleries throughout Australia and twelve international galleries/museums. In 1999 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts from the University of NSW in Sydney and a Print Fellow from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico in America in 1991.

While visiting Iceland for three months in early 2017 Hanks was overwhelmed by its diverse landscape. At the end of winter the rugged mountain ranges in Southern Iceland were gently dusted with snow contrasting dramatically against the black volcanic rocks. The contrasting blacks and whites were perfect imagery demanding to be transposed into linocuts. However while examining photographs of this majestic scene he noticed a minute solitary figure in the foreground standing at the waters edge fishing alone and close by was a small boat full of fisherman. Their presence was a shattering reminder of the four huge aluminium smelters already built on this island and the six more planned for the highlands. Even this uniquely beautiful isolated country is seriously
under threat.

Eunice Napanangka Jack, Kuruyultu, 2019, Ink on paper, 50 × 100 cm. Printer: Basil Hall Editions

Eunice Napanangka Jack, Kuruyultu, 2019, Ink on paper, 50 × 100 cm. Printer: Basil Hall Editions

Second Prize

Northern Territory artist Eunice Napanangka Jack takes out second prize for her work Kuruyultu. She receives a $6,000 cash prize.

“This very painterly print glows with shimmering blue energy. In a print medium, it is faithful to the artist’s traditional image-making practices with a real sense of her body and hand in its making. The print has been made in a successful and sensitive collaboration with a master printer combining intaglio and screen-print, which results in a complex surface of great depth and vibrancy,” said the judges.

Eunice Napanangka Jack was born in 1940 at Lupul in the Sir Frederick Ranges. As a child food shortages forced her family east towards the ration stations in central Australia. She remembers travels with her family and her mother carrying her by piggyback all the way from Western Australia to Haasts Bluff. Now an important woman in the community Eunice is known for hunting skills, dancing and traditional law knowledge. Eunice started painting when the Ikuntji Women’s Centre opened in August 1992. She is represented in leading galleries worldwide.

In this print Eunice depicts her father’s Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). It shows the country at Kuruyultu, near Tjukurrla in Western Australia. Of the work Eunice said, “This is my country. I can’t remember how it all happened, because it happened before I was born. I have a scar on my back from it. My grandfather speared a wallaby at Kuruyultu. That night he ate that wallaby. At the same time my mother could feel me moving inside her. She was heavily pregnant with me. That next morning, after my grandfather had speared the wallaby, killed it and eaten it, I was born. I was born at Kuruyultu, near the rockhole there. I can’t remember my grandfather or my grandmother. I was still a little baby. We left that place, Kuruyultu. My father, my mother, my big sister and my father’s brother, we all left together and went to Haasts Bluff. I grew up in Haasts Bluff. I have been back to Kuruyultu for visits but I never lived there again in my country. I think about it every day. Only my father knows all the stories for that country

Highly Commended

Mark Dustin (VIC)
Felt Suit, 2017

Clare Humphries (VIC)
New Moon on Monday, 2019

Nadia Kliendanze (NSW)
Pebbles, 2018

Julie Mia Holmes (NSW)
Anchorless, 2018

The 56 finalists’ works can be viewed in the exhibition.

FAC Print Award runs Fri 20 Sep – Sun 10 Nov.
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