By Matthew Westwood, Arts Correspondent.

The spirit of William Dobell was at large last night when a photographic artist won the prestegious Dobell Prize for Drawing - near the site of a celebrated court case in which Dobell was accused of bending the rules in the 1943 Archibald Prize.

The Dobell Drawing Prize was won by Justine Varga, who used a photographic negative as the medium for her abstract drawing called Photogenic Drawing.

The annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is one of the most dynamic and popular at the Art Gallery NSW.

Featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2018, ARTEXPRESS 2019 provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

In September 1979 Newcastle Region Art Gallery hosted the exhibition SODEISHA: Avant-Garde Japanese Ceramics featuring 32 members of the Sodeisha group of artists including founding members Kazuo Yagi (1918-1979), Osamu Suzuki (1926-2001) and Hikaru Yamada (1924-2001). The exhibition was an initiative of the Australian Gallery Directors Council in association with the Crafts Board of the Australia Council and toured six other capital city galleries until May 1981. At the conclusion of the tour, the Sodeisha group elected to gift 58 of the 62 works of art to Newcastle Art Gallery. Consequently, the Gallery holds one of the largest collections of Sodeisha ceramics by this important group of artists outside of Japan.

Newcastle Art Gallery - SODEISHA: Connected to Australia

In 1981 Newcastle Art Gallery was gifted the largest collection of Japanese Sodeisha ceramics in the southern hemisphere. The Gallery has invited ten contemporary Australian and Japanese ceramic artists to exhibit their work in response to this collection, including orginating member of the Sodeisha movement Satoru Hoshino who will deliver workshops and a major installation for the exhibition. The exhibition aims to re-contextualize this significant collection through the inclusion of living contemporary ceramic practitioners from Australia and Japan who will feature alongside the collection to form a dialogue between this important post war avant-garde movement and contemporary ceramic arts practice today.

Locust Jones’ news-inspired artwork takes plague proportions in AGNSW Dobell drawing show

Blue Mountains artist Locust Jones pictured with one of his artworks at Sydney Olympic Park last year. Picture: supplied

 

THERE are news junkies, and then there’s Locust Jones.

By Linda Morris, Sydney Morning Herald - 27 February 2018

One of Australia's most prestigious prizes for drawing is to be revived after it was discontinued six years ago.

The National Art School will become the new home of the Dobell Drawing Prize when it is reinstituted from March 2019 during a 10-week ''mini festival'' dedicated to the art form.

Longer term, Australia's oldest art school is keen to develop a national centre for drawing to underline the importance of the fundamental visual skill in traditional art practice as well as conceptual, performance and digital art, video and film.

Once seen to be a dying art, even photo media artists are now putting drawing at the heart of their work.