The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize has been awarded to Melbourne-based artist Gail Hastings and Sydney-based emerging artist Adrian McDonald.
Gail Hastings was awarded the established artist category ($25,000) for Colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018) and Adrian McDonald was awarded the emerging artist category ($10,000) for Approximating a Circle (2018).
Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the annual exhibition and acquisitive art award highlights exciting developments in contemporary art and provides a platform for an artist-selected exhibition that features established artists alongside early-career artists.
The judges for this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize were: Natasha Bullock (MCA senior curator); Judith Blackall (National Art School Gallery curator); Mark Harpley (visual arts coordinator, Redlands School); and Fabian Byrne (visual arts teacher, Redlands School). They announced the award at the opening of the exhibition of finalist works presented at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney.
Dr David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta has been involved with the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize for more than 10 years and is again proud to be the primary sponsor this year. It’s always exciting to see the inspiring work produced each year by the established and emerging artists, and this year is no exception. Congratulations to the winners, whose prizes are well-deserved.”
All works are on display at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery until May 12, 2018.