Hornsby Art Prize 2023

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The Hornsby Art Prize is organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. This non-acquisitive prize celebrates Australian Contemporary Art and is open to all Australian residents aged 18 years and over.

There was an overall prize pool of $23,000. Prizes included: Hornsby Art Prize Winner $10,000, Hornsby Shire Local Artist Award $5,000, Painting Award $1,500, Drawing Award $1,500, Printmaking Award $1,500, Digital Art Stills Award $1,500, Sculpture Award $1,500 and People’s Choice Award $500.

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition was held at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, 20 October - 5 November 2023.

Judge Paul RyanJames Powditch

James Powditch is an acclaimed Australian artist, working in mixed media. He adapts the associated memory or essence of his found objects and fabricates them into his own hybrid ‘functioning’ art forms, which in their essence objectify communication. Powditch picks out the gems like a Bower bird of our modern world - its byproducts of film, text, cartography, and architecture are often influences, if not physically present in his assemblages, continuing to feed his narrative of mindfulness and self-awareness. Aligning an artist’s quintessential need to make with the universal impulse to imbibe photos and objects with memories as markers of existence. Powditch’s wistfully beautiful artworks are the result of a steady and successful exhibiting career. He has been a finalist nine times in the Archibald Prize, eleven times in the Wynne Prize, six times in the Sulman Prize, twice in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and he has won the Mosman Art Prize and the Blake Prize.

Powditch is represented by Nanda Hobbs, Sydney.

Artist Nicole MatherNicole Mather

Nicole Mather is a Senior Visual Effects Artist, specialising in concept art and environment production. She has over 20 years’ digital production experience creating 2D/3D environments, characters and artwork for Australian and international films and television. Working in the Film and Television industry has taken her around the world, living on location, for various productions. She has worked with numerous award-winning studios including DreamWorks Animation, Weta Digital, and Animal Logic on films including Avatar, The Matrix Reloaded, Moulin Rouge, Hacksaw Ridge and many more. While predominantly a digital artist, her experience with the traditional arts of painting and illustrating are the foundation for her work in Visual Effects. She is also a mentor and Lecturer in Visual Effects (VFX) at the school of Art & Design, UNSW, Sydney. Mather’s film credits are on IMDb.

Judge Chris LangloisChris Langlois

Chris Langlois has held over 35 solo exhibitions throughout Australia, been curated into countless group exhibitions and selected as a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Wynne Prize, AGNSW. He has been painting for almost 30 years, and his intense study of the Australian landscape has remained constant and strong. Characterised by subtle shifts of light, his works explore atmospheric skies and seascapes, transcending time and space.

He is represented in many public collections including Bendigo Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Campbelltown Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Maitland City Art Gallery, Glasshouse Regional Art Gallery (Port Macquarie), Parliament House, Canberra, The University of Newcastle, University of Technology, Sydney, Artbank, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. Langlois is represented by Olsen Gallery, Sydney.


Winner Hornsby Art Prize ($10,000) Ryan Daffurn

Artist Statement

Daffurn Proposition 5,4,3,2,1!
Proposition 5,4,3,2,1!, oil on linen, 71cm x 112cm, 2023
Hornsby Shire Local Artist Award ($5,000) Libby Moore

Artist Statement

Libby Moore, Just put your feet up for a while
Just put your feet up for a while, acrylic on canvas, 63cm x 63cm, 2023
Painting Award ($1,500) John Mangila

Artist Statement

John Mangila Unknown In Floral Shirt
Unknown in floral shirt, Acrylic and collage on paper, 2023
Sculpture Award ($1,500) Lauri Smith

Artist Statement

Lauri Smith Night Flower
Night Flower, Forton stone, resin, dried flowers, pastel, and foam, 2023
Drawing Award ($1,500) Yvette Tziallas

Artist Statement

Tziallas Yvette Guide To Grow A Kidney
Guide to grow a kidney, pen, ink and liquid acrylic on plywood, 2023
Printmaking Award ($1,500) Dean Brown

Artist Statement

AustraliaDay 2
Australia Day, copper plate etching with aquatint, 2023
Digital Stills Award ($1,500) Joseph De La Hoyde

Artist Statement

Still Life I & II
Still Life I-II, Archival print on poly-cotton canvas, 2023
People’s Choice Award Renee Sanson

Artist Statement

Renee Sanson, Approaching Storm, Gang Gang Cockatoos, acrylic on linen
Approaching Storm, Gang Gang Cockatoos, acrylic on linen
Painting Highly Commended Pleasance Ingle You got me Singing, even though the News is Bad
Sculpture Highly Commended Nani Puspasari Life of 4 Si
Drawing Highly Commended Ravi Prasad Brown man on white paper
Printmaking Highly Commended Annarie Hildebrand Bottled Blue
Digital Stills Highly Commended Maximillian Gosling Moon Gate

View the Hornsby Art Prize 2023 Finalists

Project Partner

Hornsby Art Society