Lower Eyre artist wins at Port Lincoln Art Prize

WINNER: Susan Tingay looks over her painting 'Mallees at Coffin Bay', which won the Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Major Prize.
WINNER: Susan Tingay looks over her painting 'Mallees at Coffin Bay', which won the Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Major Prize.

MORE than 80 artworks were entered into the Bendigo Bank 2020 Port Lincoln Art Prize with a regular contributor claiming her second main prize.

The art prize was awarded at the Nautilus Arts Centre on Thursday evening with 82 paintings, sculptures and installations entered from 52 different artists, up from 64 entries the previous year.

Susan Tingay, who lives on the Horse Peninsula near Coffin Bay won the $5000 Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Major Award with her painting 'Mallees at Coffin Bay'.

This is the second time Ms Tingay has won the major prize, following her win for 'Watermarks' in 2014.

Ms Tingay said her latest winner came from trees she saw on her regular walk along the sea and being intrigued by the "jigsaw puzzle" of images through the branches.

A regular contributor to the art prize, Ms Tingay's awards in the past 12 years have included regional prizes in 2009, 2011 and 2016 as well as Highly Commended and People's Choice in 2011.

"It's a really important event because we (artists) are all scattered around over a large area and it gives us an opportunity to see what we're all doing and support each other's work," she said.

Sally Kunze won the Highly Commended award for 'Corrobinnie Lake' and Ceduna artist Josephine Lennon won the Local Artist Award for 'Salt Lake Around SA', Port Lincoln City Council sponsored both awards.

Merit Awards were presented to Jennifer Growden for 'Aftermath', Todd Romanowycz for 'Not Just Another Still Life' and last year's major prize winner Emma Fuss for 'Self Portrait - My Mother's Dress'.

Helen Wanklyn was the Hangers Choice for her painting 'Port Lincoln Girl'.

In the youth category Kira Symonds took out the Rotary Port Lincoln Major Youth Award for 'African Lady' while Adelaide Horlin-Smith won the Port Lincoln Arts Council Highly Commended Youth Award for 'Chill'.

Guildhouse chief executive officer Emma Fey was the 2020 art prize judge and said Guildhouse was committed to ensuring artists like those on Eyre Peninsula could access funding and professional development opportunities.

"There is a really strong community of artists on Eyre Peninsula and it really needs to be nurtured," she said.

Entries are still open for the Port Lincoln Art Group People's Choice Award, which will be presented at the end of the exhibition on February 15.

Port Lincoln Art Prize major award winners

2008: Verna Lawrie, 'Jelly Fishes in the Deep Blue Sea'

2009: Mark Warren, 'Banksia'

2010: Allyson Parsons, 'Wild Sands'

2011: Julie Corfe, 'Birds of Paradise - Narnie Julie with Jonathon'

2012: Marek Herburt, 'Gum Tree at Edeowie'

2013: Julie Corfe, 'Michael Bidstrup - The Heart of the Matter'

2014: Susan Tingay, 'Watermarks'

2015: Neil Hann, 'A Walk in the Park'

2016: Marek Herburt, 'Bush'

2017: Sarah Stevens, 'Hidden Valley'

2018: Beth Hammond, 'This Continuous Life'

2019: Emma Fuss, 'Sally'

2020: Susan Tingay, 'Mallees at Coffin Bay'