February 14, 2020
We’re thrilled to announce that PIERS GREVILLE has been selected as a finalist in both the Glover Prize and the Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Research Award. Last year, Piers won the Glover Prize for his work ‘Pedder Prime Cuts’ and this year he has been selected for a new landscape painting that will be revealed on opening night, Friday 6 March.
The Athenaeum scholarship is awarded to graduating postgraduate students specialising in art and the winner will be announced by Nick Mitzevich, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, at the Athenaeum Club on Thursday 27 February. Piers’ work for this Award (pictured here) is a rippling blue painting titled ‘Rearview Paradise (Just Kids)’. His works often combine traditions of the Sublime, where mountainous terrains are painted with arresting precision, with a contemporary outlook on the way that we survey and exploit Australian landscapes. This outlook inflects his choice of a striking blue palette, suggesting digital mapping tools. These landscapes are also informed by Piers’ walks through parks and reserves, resulting in paintings that are both surreal and very real in their connection to our dwindling ecologies.
Previously selected as the 2018 winner of the DMG/VCA Award, Piers Greville is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly with the medium of painting. Greville’s practice examines how we think of our environment, stemming from a deeply personal enquiry of his urban existence and threatened ecologies.
‘Rearview Paradise (Just Kids)’, 2020, oil on canvas, diptych, 118cm x 88cm overall.
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