Shannon Smiley Wins 2014 John Leslie Art Prize

[caption id="attachment_5818" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Shannon Smiley, Untitled, Burnley, oil on canvas, 120 x 95 cm, 2014"][/caption] This Is No Fantasy is proud to announce Shannon Smiley as the winner of the John Leslie Art Prize 2014 at the Gippsland Art Gallery.
The winning work was selected by three judges; Jane Devery (Curator of Contemporary Art, NGV), Dr Gerard Vaughan (Australian Institute of Art History and past Director of the NGV) and artist Tony Lloyd (2012 winner of the John Leslie Art Prize). They praised the work as a strong painting with incredible detail and felt that Smiley had produced ‘a very beautiful image out of something you wouldn’t look at twice’.
The finalists exhibition is on at Gippsland Art Gallery until 23rd November and more of Shannon's paintings can be seen hanging in our gallery.