Congratulations to Petrina Hicks who has been announced as winner of the $25,000 Bowness Photography Prize 2014.
‘The three judges were unanimous in selecting Petrina’s photograph Venus as the winner of this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. It is a beautiful image that is both striking in its simplicity and profound in its historical and cultural associations. Petrina has been one of Australia’s most consistently significant photographers for many years now. Venus reflects each of the key attributes of her work’s great formal resolution, beautiful printing, pictorial innovation and genuine accessibility. Venus is a truly worthy winner of Australia’s most prestigious photography prize.’ (Shaune Lakin, Director, Monash Gallery of Art)
Petrina is a previous winner of the Josephine Ulrick Photography Award for Portraiture, Fisher´s Ghost Art Award and ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award. Her work is held in major institutional collections including the Art Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
Petrina´s winning work and those of all finalists will be on show at Monash Gallery of Art until 12 October 2014.