Exhibition: ‘2011 Bowness Photography Prize’ at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 15th September 2011 – 16th October 2011

Short-listed artists: Warwick Baker, Kate Bernauer, Magdalena Bors, Chris Budgeon, Elaine Campaner, Michael Corridore, Jagath Dheerasekara, Jackson Eaton, Cherine Fahd, Sean Fennessy, Anne Ferran, Phillip George, Dean Golja, Natalie Grono, David Manley, Olivia Martin-McGuire, Prudence Murphy, Harry Nankin, Catherine Nelson, Matthew Newton, Selina Ou, Max Pam, Polixeni Papapetrou, Geoff Parr, Sonia Payes, Drew Pettifer, Helen Pynor, Jacky Redgate, Simone Rosenbauer, Julie Rrap, Martin Smith, Simon Terrill, Claudia Terstappen, Glenn Walls, Rudi Williams, Alex Wisser, Yiwen Yao.



Elaine Campaner. 'Australia Day #1 (Ford Falcon XR8)' 2011


Elaine Campaner (Australian, b. 1969)
Australia Day #1 (Ford Falcon XR8)
From the series Citizenship
Pigment ink-jet print
93.3 x 140cm
Courtesy of the artist



Excellent photographs in the Bowness Photography Prize this year. A small selection of the short-listed artists are featured below. The dazzling winner was Light throw (mirrors) #4, 2011 by Jacky Redgate (see below). My particular favourites include David Manley’s sensual Eastern Distributer exhaust stack (2010); Simon Terrill’s textural Rivoli #2 (2010); and Catherine Nelson’s ocular world, Cloverdowns (2010). There are many good photographs. To see more finalists work visit the Bowness Photography Prize Flickr set.



Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. Among Australia’s most important art prizes, the Bowness Photography Prize is the country’s most coveted photography prize. The finalist’s works were selected from approximately 2,000 photographs submitted by 432 entrants. In 2011, photographers competed for the $25,000 first prize.

Text from the MGA website


Simon Terrill. 'Rivoli #2' 2010


Simon Terrill (Australian, b. 1969)
Rivoli #2
Chromogenic print
120 x 150cm
Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Alex Wisser. 'Blank canvass 2' 2011


Alex Wisser (American, b. 1967, arrived Australia 1995)
Blank canvass 2
From the series Blank canvass
Pigment ink-jet print
100 x 150cm
Courtesy of the artist



This photograph is from a series called Blank canvass, taken during the course of my work as a real estate photographer for local newspapers. They were taken in houses that have been lived in by a single occupant or family for more than 30 years on the day of their sale by auction. Afterwards, we can only assume that they have been torn down and rebuilt or renovated beyond recognition. Like an anthropologist, I consider these dwellings from a distance, at the moment of their disappearing, wondering at the decisions of taste that are layered decade upon decade to compose or otherwise synthesise the identity of the people who have lived in them.


Jacky Redgate. 'Light throw (mirrors) #4' 2011


Jacky Redgate (English b. 1955, arrived Australia 1967)
Light throw (mirrors) #4
From the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009 – 11
Chromogenic print
126 x 158cm
Courtesy of the artist, WILLIAM WRIGHT ARTISTS, Sydney and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne


Sean Fennessey. 'Father and son' 2010


Sean Fennessey (Australia, b. 1982)
Father and son
From the series Portraits of invisible people
Pigment ink-jet print
95 x 95cm
Courtesy of the artist


David Manley. 'Eastern Distributer exhaust stack' 2010


David Manley (Australian, b. 1963)
Eastern Distributer exhaust stack
From the series Entropy
Pigment ink-jet print
55 x 55cm
Courtesy of the artist


Olivia Martin-McGuire. 'Kris and Mier #1' 2011


Olivia Martin-McGuire (Australian, b. 1976)
Kris and Mier #1
From the series Mother
Chromogenic print
85 x 85cm
Courtesy of the artist


Catherine Nelson. 'Cloverdowns' 2010


Catherine Nelson (Australian, b. 1970)
From the series Future memories
Pigment ink-jet print
100 x 100cm
Courtesy of the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne


Helen Pynor. 'Liquid ground 1' 2010


Helen Pynor (Australian, b. 1964)
Liquid ground 1
From the series Liquid ground
Chromogenic print
160 x 110cm
Courtesy of the artist, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne, and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney



Chris Budgeon (Canada b. 1955, arrived Australia 1984)
From the series Are we not men
Pigment ink-jet print
90 x 67.5cm
Courtesy of the artist



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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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