As seems to be the case with most Art competitions these days the Gosford Art Prize is no exception to having a controversial winner.

Below is this years winning painting by central coast artist Pamela Honeyfield, who had not one but two works selected.

Gosford Art Prize

Nightfall Across The Flinders

Many people do not understand this style of painting, however as with all art any judgment is really subjective. You either like it or you don’t.  You understand it or you don’t and even if some one was to explain such a work to you still may not ‘get it’.

Pamela is certainly an artist who is very in alignment with the value of her own work as this is the second year running that she has won the major Gosford Art Prize.

Her thoughts on her own work, “I don’t always have the words, so I like to express myself through art. For me, art is not about placing a price tag, it’s about discovering something of yourself and the world as you move through the process of creating, and sometimes the result, the product of that process is aesthetically pleasing to yourself and to others.”  Last year she submitted the entry below….


Gosford Art Prize

Fields of Gold In Memory of Christine 2013 Oil on Canvas H152cm x W122cm SOLD

For which she received as much criticism as accolades.   This work has a pretty impressive list of accolades however ….  (Finalist Blacktown Art Prize 2013) also a (Finalist for the International Women’s Day Art Prize 2013) (Finalist for the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2014) and (Finalist for the 2014 Gosford Art Prize) – OVERALL WINNER 2014 $10,000 Gosford Art Prize – Special Merit Award on the Online Gallery Light Space Time – Theme – ‘Seasons’

So even if you didn’t like it plenty of others did!

At the end of the day she’s laughing all the way to the bank!

If you haven’t been in to see this years entries – it’s worth taking a look.  It will be interesting to see who takes out the peoples choice award at the close of the exhibition. Go and have your say if you don’t like this winner.

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The Gosford Art Prize.

The Gosford Art Prize, seems like every other art prize, to always create contention.  Few people seem to agree on what deserves to be the winner and there is always dissatisfaction on the choices that have been hung.

This year’s selection was no different.   There were some wonderful pieces and then again,  those that made you scratch your head and ask yourself,  ‘Why on earth did they choose that one?’

Gosford Art Prize - Paintings

Gosford Art Prize – Paintings

Something that made me particularly cranky was the fact that of the entries they selected to hang, thirteen of them, yes you read that right – thirteen – artists had 2 paintings hung and yet other people missed out.  When only around 164 paintings are being hung out of 549 entries, then you wonder why that is.  Thirteen other people could have been given the chance to showcase their work.   I don’t know if the Gosford Art Prize is the only competition that has this policy, but I expect not.

Entering competitions can be rather daunting for artists. You can’t afford to be attached to whether you get hung or not.  The best thing you can do is get into alignment with the fact that your works do deserve to be hung.  No shadow of a doubt there!! I think so often, we have that many negative thoughts about whether we will get hung or not, that we ar inviting rejection.

This can range from very subtle to downright in your face i.e. ‘I probably won’t get hung, because I never usually do, so why should this time be any different?’

This kind of thinking sets you up for failure.  Any little nagging, self doubts, feed this mind-set.  The Gosford Art Prize is no different to any other competition, in this respect.  Until you are appreciating your art and feeling confident about it, and that it is worthy, you are still in the failure mindset.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing, this is about you.

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It is October and Gosford Art Prize time again at the Gosford Regional Gallery. It runs from the 29th September to the 25th of November, so there is still plenty of time to get down and see it. This  year the standard seems to have reached a new high.  The winning work, After Fire by Lezlie Tilley is quite extraordinary.  I can’t even begin to imagine how many hours of work went into it.

As you all know art is totally subjective and what one person enjoys another doesn’t.  The winner was not my favourite however I totally acknowledge the skill it was painted with – awesome! And having said that I does kind of grow on you the more you look at it…… a bit like some music you hear.

Winner Gosford Art Prize 2012

Winner Gosford Art Prize 2012



One of my favourites was this giant flower painting by Craig Waddell. Lots of glorious thick paint.

 'I'll Be There My Beauty" by Craig Waddell

‘I’ll Be There My Beauty” by Craig Waddell


As you can see from the works below – there are some really interesting paintings in this year’s selections.

Gosford Art Prize Entries

Gosford Art Prize Entries


And don’t forget to check out the photos, digital works and sculpture in the foyer gallery.


This Weeks Question: What was the last exhibition you went to and what inspiration did you take away from it?


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