Last night the President of the Victorian Artists Society, Richard Impey FVAS officially opened the VAS Drawing Exhibition for 2022, and the Judge, Warren Crossett, presented the 'Edward Heffernan Drawing Prize' and Highly Commended Awards to the VAS Artists.
The 'Edward Heffernan Memorial Drawing Prize' and the Exhibition is made possible through a Bequest from the Estate of his wife Maree Elizabeth Heffernan. The VAS Drawing Exhibition features the 'Edward Heffernan Drawing Prize' of 1st prize $900, 2nd prize $400, and 3rd prize $200.
The 'Edward Heffernan Memorial Drawing Prize'
The VAS Highly Commended Awards were announced for Colin Shaw, and presented to Louise Foletta VAS, Sam Bruere and Linda Weil.
Congratulations are extended to all VAS Artists receiving these Awards.
VAS Drawing Exhibition 2022 Award Winners
Left: Ulrich Stalph, Sam Bruere, Judge Warren Crossett, Gwendoline Krumins VAS, Linda Weil and Louise Foletta VAS.
The 'Edward Heffernan Memorial Drawing Prize' is awarded in honour of Edward Heffernan, past president of VAS from 1977 to 1980.
He served on the VAS Council for 12 years and was also awarded the Distinguished VAS Service Award, Honorary Life Membership, VAS Fellowship and the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the Arts.
This Exhibition is made possible through a Bequest from the Estate of his wife Maree Elizabeth Heffernan, who was the proprietor of the Gordon Edgerton Gallery and assisted Edward with editing the Victorian Artists Society’s Journal.
The Judge for this year's VAS Drawing Exhibition is Warren Crossett. Warren is an artist based in Melbourne. His work is often an ode to the past, with elements of the old masters, surrealism, and contemporary art. Often employing symbols and metaphors of contemporary existence. When depicting general subjects the philosophy of beauty in simple things is displayed.
He began his career as an illustrator producing artwork for many different areas, from children’s books to national and international blue chip companies.
In late 2015 he moved his attention to fine art only. His subject matter ranges from traditional portraiture, conceptual themes, and portraits with incorporated symbology, landscapes, some still life, private commissions and even abstract work.
In 2015 he won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, and since then has been a finalist in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery Award ‘The Darling Prize’, exhibited in the Salon De Refuses for the Wynne Prize as well as a finalist for the Doug Moran Prize in 2021 and a semi-finalist on 3 other occasions.
'Twisted Dance, Anglesea', charcoal & pastel pencil by Jill Shalless
Winner of 1st Prize in the 'Edward Heffernan Drawing Prize'
Gwendoline Krumins VAS with her winning drawing in ink titled 'What was that'.
Winner of 2nd Prize in the 'Edward Heffernan Drawing Prize'
Ulrich Stalph with his winning drawing in charcoal titled 'Pamula River'.
Winner of 3rd Prize in the 'Edward Heffernan Drawing Prize'
'Music Man', charcoal by Colin Shaw
Louise Foletta VAS with her winning drawing 'Burnt Landscape', ash from the 2009 fires, with the Judge Warren Crossett (left) and Michael Corrie, nephew of Edward Heffernan (right).
Sam Bruere with his winning charcoal drawing titled 'Jubilant'
Linda Weil with her winning graphite drawing titled 'Manglerfish'
VAS Opening Night Photography by Ron Smith OAM HON FVAS, VAS Councillor, Victorian Artists Society.
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