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Videoart wins Whyalla Art Prize for 2017

A video work has won the $25,000 Whyalla Art Prize for the first time since the competition was introduced in 1972.
Regional artist CJ Taylor, from Prospect Hill near Kuitpo Forrest, was awarded the prize last night for his video artwork titled The Hut (5/4).
Mr Taylor’s work was chosen from 55 finalists which included a variety of mediums such as oil, watercolour and acrylic paint on canvas, board and wood, and even a work made from garden hoses.
“Video art has claimed its own place in contemporary art. It’s extremely gratifying that video work is now included in this respected award,” Mr Taylor said.
“I’m thrilled that the work has been recognised, not only because of the strength and depth of work from the other finalists, but also because of my respect for the judges who selected it.”
This year’s judges included Art Gallery of SA curator of contemporary art Leigh Robb, Riddoch Art Gallery director Dr Melentie Pandilovski and the 2015 award winner, Paul Snell.
“CJ Taylor’s genre-defying video is cinematic in atmosphere, poetic in sentiment and painterly in palette,’’ the judges said in a statement.
“A sophisticated moving image work full of Renaissance motifs, it was filmed in multiple locations around the world from the haunting South Australian desert to the reaches of the Shetland Islands.’’
The 2017 Whyalla Art Prize exhibition is on display at the Middleback Arts Centre until December 2.