Artist and PhD graduate Susanna Castleden has won the prestigious $30,000 Bankwest Art Prize.
The RMIT University doctoral graduate was awarded the prize by Bankwest Managing Director, Rod De Luca, from 19 finalists and 109 entries.
Mr De Luca said he was impressed with the quality of submissions from the Western Australian artists.
"This exhibition and our growing art collection showcase the excellent standard of artwork in Western Australia and reinforce Bankwest's commitment to supporting the Western Australian arts community," he said.
In her winning piece, Camping Continuum (Indian Ocean Drive WA), Dr Castleden used acrylic paint and stencil on vinyl and wood camping tables.
Dr Castleden graduated from RMIT with a Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Art) last year.
She said her artwork was inspired by the ideas and objects of travel.
"Following the tracks of migratory travellers heading north for the winter, this work emerged from a journey that was punctuated by short pauses at designated tourist lookouts on the newly opened Indian Ocean Drive," she said.
"An image of a caravan park is dusted over the camp table surfaces, on top of which a landscape emerges through a field of continuous fine white lines reflecting the images, evidence and marks encountered on a camping journey."
The award judges were Kelly Gellatly, Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne; Paul Thompson, Executive Director, Art on the Move; and Sandra Murray, Art Curator for Bankwest .
Ms Murray said the Dr Castleden’s artwork reflected the Australian childhood experiences of camping and caravanning.
"This year’s field was of a remarkably high standard and our judges deliberated for a long time before selecting the winner," she said.
"All the finalists’ works feature exceptional qualities and the variety of sizes reflected artists embracing more freedom of scale allowed in this year’s prize."
The major Western Australian art prize and exhibition was established in 2001 and is considered the State's most prestigious prize awarded exclusively to WA artists.
The works of the 2013 finalists form a public exhibition on display at the Bankwest Art Gallery, Bankwest Place, Perth.
The exhibition is open until 3 March.
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