2019 R & M McGivern Prize winner announced

Highly regarded Melbourne artist Nadine Christensen has been awarded the R & M McGivern Prize 2019, for her work, ‘Hang in there, 2018 (as pictured), announced at the launch of the finalists’ exhibition on Thursday 28 November at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery.

Inviting a dialogue about human impact, the environment, colonialism, sustainability, industrialisation, geology and ecology, this year’s theme was ‘the Anthropocene’. The prize was judged by the esteemed Charlotte Day, Director of Monash University Museum of Art; Ryan Johnston, Director of Buxton Contemporary and Penny Teale, Bunjil Place Gallery Curator. 

The judges commented that ‘Hang in there’ “is a technically accomplished painting that renders a collision of imagery, scale and painterly planes in a masterfully cohesive fashion. Christensen’s work reminds us that while life is fleeting and fragile, there is hope in the midst of despair. The artwork showcases the artist’s affinity with spatial deconstruction and the existential plight of humanity.”

The painting is a consideration of time and fragility. Human nature and the ecosystem. Ugliness and utility”, said artist Nadine Christensen.

Awarded $25,000 in prize money, Nadine Christensen’s work will also become part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection, a significant public collection of Australian art. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, valued at $1000, with the winner to be announced on Friday 31 January.

The exhibition includes the artwork of 45 finalists, on display at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery and ArtSpace at Realm until Saturday 1 February 2020. The R & M McGivern Prize is a prestigious acquisitive art prize, awarded every three years for an outstanding artwork in oil, gouache, acrylic or watercolour. 

The R & M McGivern Prize was established through the Will of the late Muriel McGivern, a Maroondah resident and a practising artist and writer. Muriel was a passionate supporter of the arts, she died in 2000 aged 95. 

As part of the public program of events, a walking tour between the galleries and the recently launched Signal Box Art Commissions will commence at 11am on Friday 6 December at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery. 

For walking tour bookings and more information on the R & M McGivern Prize and exhibition, visit www.artsinmaroondah.com.au or follow Arts in Maroondah on Facebook.

About Nadine Christensen
Nadine Christensen is an artist based in Melbourne, and holds Bachelor of Fine Art (painting), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, 1998. She participated in Silenzi, a one-off residency and exhibition at the Prigioni de Palazzo Ducale in Venice, 2006; and was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency, Los Angeles, 2003. Christensen’s work has been featured in significant group exhibitions including The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, 2018;  Negotiating this world, Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; This was the future… a survey of three decades of sculpture at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004; and New04, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2004. She has held solo exhibitions at galleries in Sydney; Melbourne; Adelaide; and Canberra. Nadine Christensen is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and Hugo Mitchell Gallery, Adelaide. 

Image Credit:
Nadine Christensen, ‘Hang in there’, 2018, acrylic on sustainable farmed hoop pine with cedar stretcher.

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