ArtExpress Turns 30 – That’s MUCH Older Than its Artists

'Love the Home You're In' by Lochlan Howard
‘Love the Home You’re In’ by Lochlan Howard
St Francis Xavier’s College
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Arguably, the Archibald Prize is regarded as the most important portraiture prize in the Australian art scene. Along with the Wynne (best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture), and Sulman (best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media) Prizes, the Art Gallery NSW is currently exhibiting the entrants for 2013. It’s almost un-Australian not to go.

Well, even though I am not an Australian, I tootled along to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman. I go every year. All good. But, what I was really looking forward to was ArtExpress

Regular readers may recall my post from last year on ArtExpress 2012 (here). ArtExpress is an annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art making component of our Higher School Certificate examination in Visual Arts in New South Wales. It includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms. And it is
A M A Z I N G. What these students achieve is mind-blowing, and this year was no exception (although I think 2012 just nudged ahead for me).

'Double Think' by Aoife Coleman-Clarke
‘Double Think’ by Aoife Coleman-Clarke
Rose Bay Secondary College
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'Babel' by Rachel Cronin
‘Babel’ by Rachel Cronin
Loreto Kirribilli
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'Sweet Simplicity' by Milli Wheeler
‘Sweet Simplicity’ by Milli Wheeler
Oak Flats High School
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'Conscience Vote' by India Gates
‘Conscience Vote’ by India Gates
Wenona School
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'After Leonardo' by Alexis O'Connor
‘After Leonardo’ by Alexis O’Connor
Wenona School (a cracking year for Wenona School!)
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2013 marks the 30th anniversary of ArtExpress at the Art Gallery of NSW. If you haven’t yet made it to the exhibition, you have a few more days to do so. If you’re not in NSW, you can check out the works here.

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Comments (14)

My word, makes my a level art look like kindy! How amazing I love double think, but would be happy with any if them!

I’m with you, BCD. Makes my school art look like stick drawing, too.

I love to go art perusing! Hubby and I spent hours in the Guggenheim Museum one afternoon last year. It was wonderful. Thanks for sharing this — looks as if this is a marvelous exhibit as well!

B – I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you are referring to the Guggenheim NY (rather than Venice or Abu Dhabi?) – NY has SUCH GREAT MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES!!! Now I want to visit again…

Yep the one in NY. I’d love to visit the one in Venice…someday… 😉

Geez! Those are absolutely incredible! What amazing talent those kids have!

How to make one feel inadequate, I reckon!

I love “Double Think”! I do envy that freedom at that stage of their creative career. Oh to be a student once again… :/

I feel the same way, LXAX. You don’t realise when you’re that age how much you wish you could do it again… and again…

Yes, I love Double Think too!

‘Double Think’ seems to be a popular one, Lady Fi 🙂

I remember seeing the exhibition when I was 15 and would have loved to have had my HSC major work selected 3 years later but was happy to have the painting of one of my dearest friends chosen instead. Some amazing talent featured, wish I wasn’t so far away so thanks for sharing 🙂

Hey 2BD – it’s one of my favourite things to do each year. I just love it – and I’m impressed your friend was featured. Did s/he go on to become an artist?

My friend went on to become an environmentalist (his other great passion) and does alot of research into waterways, rivers, etc

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