September 26, 2018
Natasha Walsh’s self-portrait on copper encased in perspex ‘The cicada’ has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Mosman Art Prize; an extraordinary accolade for such a young artist. At 24, Walsh is the youngest artist to win the prestigious prize, apart from Margaret Olley, who was also 24 when she won the inaugural Mosman Art Prize in 1947. Walsh’s work enters the celebrated Mosman Art Collection, a historic collection that reflects developments in Australian painting since the Prize’s inception. You can read the article ‘New accolade for rising art superstar’ from The Daily Telegraph by clicking on the link below. The exhibition of finalists will be on until Sunday 18 November at Mosman Art Gallery. Congratulations Natasha!
Walsh says of the work, “This piece is primarily a work about vulnerability and self-awareness as she removes the veil, shedding her clothing like a cicada does its shell. .. A painting itself is a shell, which artists leave behind. It imitates the form and mind which once occupied it, however it is not immortal. It only prolongs as older state of being, and once being created will eventually wither and die.”
You can read Natasha’s full artist statement as well as comments from this year’s judge Cressida Campbell on Artist Profile by clicking on the link below.
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