Artistic veteran takes centre stage in Chiltern Art Prize

THE WORLD IS THEATRE: Chiltern Art Prize co-organiser Beth Peters with Tony Thornhill-Cole's winning piece, Spring. Picture: MARK JESSER
THE WORLD IS THEATRE: Chiltern Art Prize co-organiser Beth Peters with Tony Thornhill-Cole's winning piece, Spring. Picture: MARK JESSER

A hometown artist in his 91st year claimed the major award at this year’s Chiltern Art Prize.

Tony Thornhill-Cole, of Chiltern, who presented his first exhibition in London 59 years ago, won the $1500 award with his painting Spring. Daydream Believer by Lisabeth Souness was highly commended.

Born in England in 1927, Thornhill-Cole graduated with honours from the Chelsea School of Art in 1960 and lectured in Australia between 1966 and 1987.

“I regard painting as theatrical and there is a big prop box backstage waiting for me to dig out ideas to use for a painting,” he said in his artist statement.

The two-dimensional artwork category went to Anita Laurence for Mia’s Place, with Woragee Summer by Catherine Stewart highly commended.

Mr Percival & Co by Sam Anderson won the three-dimensional artwork section from Helen Rowland Carter’s Standing Room Only.

Tyler Grace took out the photography prize for The Clouded Mind. Erin Davis Hartwig was highly commended for Construct.

Everywhere is a Park claimed the emerging artist award for Bethany Thornber, with Kobi Akira Wood highly commended with Three Local Forests.

Kirrily Anderson, one of the Chiltern Art Prize organisers, said up to 300 people attended the opening of the exhibition, which attracted a record 386 entries.

“People have been really impressed with the quality of the entries and the diversity of the entries,” she said.

“We had quite a strong local presence, with the North East, but also quite a few from Melbourne.”

  • Chiltern Art Prize continues until 4pm Monday in the Memorial Hall, Conness Street, Chiltern

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