Second Glover win for Duff

Written By miftah nugraha on Selasa, 12 Maret 2013 | 19.55

A MOODY painting of a Launceston streetscape has won the 2013 Glover Prize People's Choice Award.

Launceston artist Leoni Duff today won the popular vote with her oil-on-canvas work Down on Cameron Street. She won the inaugural award in 2004.

Duff pocketed $3000 for the award, which was decided by patrons at the Glover exhibition in Evandale.

Ms Duff said the win was an encouraging sign that people had understood her work.

She said the stillness of the painting sought to convey the economic uncertainty in the city since the global financial crisis.

"While the meltdown occurred in 2008, there is a continual hovering menace that has not been dissolved," Ms Duff said.

"I have taken the familiar everyday icons of Cameron Street, in Launceston, the traditional financial end of town, and depicted them under moonlight.

"The solid things become uncertain as if all could be suddenly changed.

"The charm of our architecture and the ordinary nature of the street is infused with unsettling stillness; and the monstrous moonlit sky towers over us imposing a sense of how small and helpless we all are in reality."

Launceston Airport general manager Pam Graham said the organisation was proud to sponsor the award.

"Every year the standard of painting, depicting and interpreting Tasmania's rich and varied landscape, improves and offers those attending the exhibition unrivalled access to landscape painting in its many forms," she said.

About 700 children voted in the Children's Choice Award, opting for New Kid on the Block by former Glover Prize winner Michael McWilliams.

The Glover Prize, worth $40,000 and now in its tenth year, was won by Sydney artist Janet Laurence.

To check out all the finalists in this year's award, click here.

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