A painting depicting Alan Jones’ ancestor and First Fleeter wins the prestigious 2014 Kilgour Prize. The winning painting titled ‘Robert Forrester #2′ shows Jones’ convict ancestor shackled and positioned alongside the Hawkesbury River – the place where Forrester received a land grant following his 7 year sentence.
The annual Kilgour Prize for figurative and portrait painting awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, as judged by a selection panel. A People’s Choice prize of $5,000 is also awarded.
Born in 1900, Jack Noel Kilgour was known for his academic modernism, many of his works were paintings of urban landscapes and portraiture. His contemporaries included Jean Bellette, William Dobell, Paul Haefliger, Eric Wilson and his wife Nancy Kilgour, with whom he established a significant artistic partnership. His work is well represented in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, as well as in significant state and national collections.
The Kilgour Prize is administered by the Newcastle Art Gallery and financed by the Jack Noel Kilgour bequest which is administered by The Trust Company, Part of Perpetual.
2014 guest gudges of the Kilgour Prize include:
• John Cheeseman (Manager Cultural Services/ Gallery Director Mosman Art Gallery)
• Andrew Frost (Art writer and critic)
• Sarah Johnson (Curator Newcastle Art Gallery)