Congratulations Natasha Bieniek – Winner of Metro Art Prize

We are very proud to announce that Natasha Bieniek is the winner of the $50,000 Metro Art Prize 2012!

Her winning work measures only 10x15cm and the precise detail and disciplined technique was obviously a stand-out for the judges. While large-scale paintings are commonly seen in portrait prize exhibitions, this tiny work delivers its own type of impact.

“I wanted to take representational painting to an extreme and find a new way to engage with the audience on a more intimate level – so they feel as though they’re witnessing events through a key hole. In contemporary culture so much of the imagery we see is miniaturized, through iPhones and tablets, that I felt it was time to bring this ancient art into a modern context.” Natasha Bieniek

Now in its tenth year, the annual Metro Art Award is the richest art prize in Australia for emerging artists.

Natasha Bieniek, Keepsake, 2012, oil on wood, 10x15cm

Email to register interest in Natasha Bieniek's next exhibition entitled She Hangs Brightly. Opening 20 October at dianne tanzer gallery + projects