September 7, 2018
Three times Archibald Prize finalist and recent recipient of the Kilgour Prize, Natasha Walsh has now been announced as the winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Awarded annually to a young Australian painter aged between 20 and 30 years, Natasha received the prize for her alchemical works on copper that explore mortality and the fleeting present. Former winner and guest judge Ben Quilty described her work as having ”a quiet yet very self-assured sophistication.” As part of the Scholarship, Walsh will receive a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, along with an $40,000 cash prize to support her further education in Europe.
Natasha’s work Dear Frida is currently on display in the Brett Whiteley Studio, depicting the artist sitting in a red flowing dress as if a ”broken doll” on stage. “It’s not me as an individual, I see it like a performance,” she said. ”It’s about the different masks we present to the world, the different ways we construct our identity. What was I exploring in that was identity, to do with being a woman.”
To read more, click on the following links to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and ArtAsia Pacific. To watch a news segment about the Scholarship from the 7:30 report on the ABC, please click on the link below. Congratulations Natasha!
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