VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition 2021

5 Mar 2021 - 22 Mar 2021
In this exhibition artists are asked to explore subjects from a modern perspective, challenging themselves creatively. Digital Works included. The VAS Contemporary Exhibition features a $5000 prize sponsored by the George Hicks Foundation.

Banner Image: 'Labyrinth' by Susan Sutton, Winner 2020

See past winners.

Opening Night, Tuesday 9 March at 7pm. The VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibitions 2021 will be judged by Rebecca Agnew, curator of Fox Galleries.

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VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition Winner

Winner: Brock Q Piper—'The Hypnotist'

Highly Commended Artists

Ottavio Boron VAS—'Gippsland Flames'
Heather 'Zulu' Towns—'Rogaska & Nasturtiums'
Nathan Moshinsky VAS—'Cosmic Energy'
Louise Foletta—'Recurring Image, Fire'
Ulrike Zimmermann—'Inner Soul of Australia'
Ann Capling—'The Covidian Era'

Sculpture Winner

Winner: Ivana Maric—'Honey I'm Home'

Highly Commended sculptor: Claudine Top VAS—'The Shade'

The VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition may be viewed in the Galleries at the Victorian Artists Society until Monday 22 March 2021. Visitors welcome.


A Huge Network

38cm (H) x 76cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Acrylic on the stretched canvas

Artist: Rosa Wong

Price:  $ 1,200.00

When I saw some lush trees, I marveled at the wonders of nature. Plants in order to survive and reproduce, and constantly grow branches, dense branches crisscrossed, woven into a huge network. To turn a small tree into a forest depends on the joint efforts of mankind to protect the environment.

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A Life Time Love—Chrysanthemums, Roses and Green Ball Dianthus

91cm (H) x 61cm (W) x 3.5cm (D)

Medium: Artist Acrylic on Artist quality triple primed gesso acid free canvas. Sealed with clear varnish. Signed at front. Artwork painted extend to all Side panels as photo shown, ready to hang. Comes with certificate of authenticity.

Artist: HSIN LIN

Price:  $ 8,900.00

Affirmation: A lifetime may be short, but it may also be long enough for us to make it the greatest journey. When the world turns upside down, cherish the people who love you, most important of all, remember to give yourself a lifetime love. This project is actually planned for quite sometimes. I started this artwork around March 2020, since then, a lot of things happened and the world seems completely changed. On the other hand, we have more time to be with ourselves, to think and to realise what is really important to us. This artwork somehow kept me grounded all this time and I am happy to say I finally have it completed at the end of September. It’s been a really long journey, sunny days and rainy days. I spent almost every day studying those intricate composition and fine details. If you look close enough, each tiny petal was built up by more than 10 layers. The process wasn’t an easy task but It’s a challenge that I enjoyed. Life goes on and I think we all agree that 2020 is a very different year. By the time I have this artwork completed, I decided to name this artwork - A Life Time Love, which is also an extension from my previous artwork – A LifeTime Journey, A Lifetime blessing, and Have Faith in A Sunny Place. Because the world might change all of a sudden, but love keeps us grounded. This is also a reminder to myself- always take care and love yourself first, that’s what makes you stronger. This artwork is inspired by an amazing floral arrangement that I spotted in Donvale, Melbourne, Victoria, 2020 – A unforgettable year. Also based on my own photos.

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A Moment of Contemplation

100cm (H) x 100cm (W) x 3.5cm (D)

Medium: Acrylic

Artist: Sam Bruere

Price:  $ 1,500.00

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Blue Vase with Pear

57cm (H) x 47cm (W)

Medium: Watercolour on Arches paper

Artist: Vicki McInnes

Price:  $ 750.00

White matt and Italian (bronze metallic finish) timber frame. Artwork itself is 23x30cm

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Circle of Colors

80cm (H) x 80cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Faramarz Mokhtarpour

Price:  $ 800.00

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Comfort in a hard place

43cm (H) x 53cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Charcoal and Conte on grey tone paper

Artist: Caroline Smyrk

Price:  $ 750.00

My drawing is an interpretation of a friend's sculpture, a mound of rusty metal, with three stones nestled within. I began at the start of Melbourne's lockdown, drawing a small section each day. I welcomed the daily routine, finding it meditative and therapeutic for me at a time of loneliness and worry. Therefore the title has a dual meaning—the concept of objects finding comfort in a nest of hard metal, as well as the artistic process giving comfort to me at a hard time in my life.

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Conscience and Consciousness

76cm (H) x 101cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Pen on canvas

Artist: Jon Lam

Price:  $ 1,500.00

The sitter in my piece is my sister Joocy Lam who wholly embodies the piece’s title through her charity work. Growing up in we were raised in cross cultural environments, and this contributed to our shared interest in human consciousness and practices. In most Asian culture, the self is insignificant. Hence, Joocy is not placed prominently on the canvas but is dwarfed by symbols of greater consciousness. The Chinese characters literally mean blue water. Blue is our family name and has significance in Chinese Art. The second character is water but is also used as a symbol for Confucianism. The fish on her blouse represents Christianity but in Chinese mythology, the dragon evolved from a fish. I hope this work generates more questions than answers.

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Cosmic Energy

61cm (H) x 76cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Nathan Moshinsky

Price:  $ 750.00

A study of contrasting colours and marks seeking to evoke a sense of creative energy.

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46cm (H) x 61cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Artist: Peter Edgeley

Price: NFS

Dahlia blooms poised over a cubist abstracted background

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Duck Fight

50cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 30cm (D)

Medium: Graphite and Color Pencil

Artist: Linda Weil

Price: NFS

Starting from a point of realistic naturalism Linda creates a world of life based on cogs, gears, wheels, and mechanical constructions. Her graphite and colour drawings delight in complex detail inviting you to closely examine each work and explore its creative engineering. Surrealism in a Steam Punk world.

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First Light

9cm (H) x 13cm (W)

Medium: Water soluble oil

Artist: Radmila Hardi

Price:  $ 300.00

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Gippsland Flames

Medium: Oil

Artist: Ottavio Boron VAS

Price:  $ 4,400.00

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70cm (H) x 70cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Digital print on paper

Artist: Bruce Baldey

Price:  $ 500.00

Digital print inspired by Ben Nicholson abstract art

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Honey I'm Home

Medium: Mixed Media

Artist: Ivana Maric

Price:  $ 8,000.00

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Inner Soul of Australia

Medium: Mixed Media

Artist: Ulrike Zimmermann

Price: NFS

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60.5cm (H) x 45.5cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)


Artist: Anna Madyarova

Price:  $ 350.00

'Interpretation' was created in an art class following the task to make something interesting out of a boring standard landscape photo. Strong brushstrokes are juxtaposed with calm and even background. This exercise promoted artistic freedom and the ability to turn boring and normal into exciting and different.

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Into the Blue

Medium: Acrylic

Artist: Clive Sinclair

Price:  $ 0.00

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Lotus No.20

61cm (H) x 50.8cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Lihong Zhang

Price:  $ 800.00

Lotus as a reflection of artist’s culture and a subject for the further exploration of impression. These works have a sensitivity to color and light, bringing a fresh interpretation to the impressionist oeuvre. The Lotus flower series have strong personal character with the color and the stroke, which could be recognized as Lihong’s style. The artist works with the season, infatuated with the lifecycle of the lotus in particular. From the seedpod to the blooming baby lotus to the full-grown adult flower, Lihong’s oil paintings are imbued with beauty that seems to come from a different period modern impression that are recognizable without being realistic. The artworks are built up layer by layer, the final result is saturated field of color, filled with real life scenes that have been sieved through a kaleidoscopic artistic imagination.

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Millstream Chichester National Park Early morning

110cm (H) x 110cm (W) x 3.5cm (D)

Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Artist: Margaret Picken

Price:  $ 1,500.00

A wonderful view of the Park from an escarpment. The early morning light is fantastic and softens the landscape. Red earth, clear blue sky, and wonderful white trunks of the trees. Truly a Western Australian landscape.

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Nocturnal Visions

99cm (H) x 74cm (W)

Medium: Mixed media on Stonehenge paper

Artist: Robyn Pridham VAS

Price:  $ 800.00

The evenings are often a time of reflection and contemplation when our thoughts are more dreamlike than the otherwise reality of day time.

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Old Friends—Sarah New and Hannah Russell. Life-long life models

40cm (H) x 79cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Charcoal, gesso and oil paint on paper

Artist: Jan Hendrik Van Weerd

Price:  $ 1,250.00

Sarah and Hannah, two good friends, bound by their Jewishness, their love of the arts.

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Outback Magic

46cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Acrylic ink (Liquitex) on paper (Arches 300gm HP)

Artist: Megan-Jane Johnstone

Price:  $ 375.00

The ‘Outback’ as interpreted for the purposes of this work refers to the vast remote and wondrous interior of Australia—in this instance the Northern Territory. The Australian Outback is noted for its low population density and mostly intact natural environment (recognised as one of the world’s largest areas), which is home to a diverse set of well-adapted wild-life and unique plant species. Aboriginal people have lived in the Outback for tens of thousands of years and retain a close relationship to the land, which they regard as being steeped in knowledge, law and culture.

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102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 3.5cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Melissa Fraser

Price:  $ 2,100.00

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Recurring Image, Fire

Medium: Mixed Media

Artist: Louise Foletta

Price:  $ 5,000.00

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Regrowth After Fire

122cm (H) x 122cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Jane Flowers

Price:  $ 3,500.00

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120cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Oil on board

Artist: Bronwen Hunt

Price:  $ 2,500.00

Oil and cold wax medium on cradled board this large work is based on my favourite cedar tree on the 90 mile beach and stands as a reminder that with deep roots we become more beautiful as we are weathered and shaped through different seasons.

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35cm (H) x 53cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Watercolour Painting on Paper

Artist: Jue Wu

Price:  $ 1,260.00

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Rogaska & Nasturtiums

90cm (H) x 100cm (W)

Medium: Acrylic on linen

Artist: Heather Towns

Price:  $ 3,500.00

I am really loving working with glass and playing with the reflections on and around the glass or in this case the Rogaska Crystal.

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Ruby Ed4

38.5cm (H) x 30.5cm (W) x 2.5cm (D)

Medium: Digital Art

Artist: Richard Impey

Price:  $ 250.00

This piece is my digital art drawing of Ruby the dog that I originally drew as a commission for a customer in Western Australia. It was created on an iPad using Procreate. It is an A4 size image. It is 1:20 of a limited edition archival print on Illford cotton rag 310gsm.

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50cm (H) x 48cm (W) x 10cm (D)

Medium: Limestone

Artist: Maxine Wain

Price: NFS

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Somethin' Fishy

98cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Oil painting on board. Professionally framed with a gold frame.

Artist: Moyra Le Blanc Smith

Price:  $ 1,100.00

A trip to Melbourne Zoo saw me 'underwater' watching the Koi fish swirling around and looking at me through the glass. The sun was shining into the water and I was totally intrigued by the scene. The faces of the fish looked so expressive. This painting is the result of that fascinating encounter and was created after many hours of sketching and composing to achieve a pleasing composition. With this painting, I was pushing the bounds of inventiveness and creativity like never before.

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The Covidian Era

92cm (H) x 124cm (W) x 6.5cm (D)

Medium: Water colour

Artist: Ann Capling

Price:  $ 10,000.00

Inspired by Bruegel’s painting of the Black Death, The Covidian Era was painted over 11 months in 2020/21.

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The Hypnotist

Medium: Oil on canvas

Artist: Brock Q Piper

Price: NFS

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The Shade

Medium: Bronze

Artist: Claudine Top VAS

Price:  $ 3,200.00

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The Twisted Vine

50cm (H) x 35cm (W)

Medium: Acrylic on Snowdon Paper

Artist: Joseph Luczynski VAS

Price:  $ 600.00

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The Way Home

61cm (H) x 76cm (W) x 3.75cm (D)

Medium: Acyrlic on box canvas.

Artist: Carole Lees

Price:  $ 695.00

We all get a little lost sometime. However, whatever has caused us to stray from the path will pass in time and we all need to know the way back to where we want to be. The light in this painting portrays that there is always a light in our life somewhere, leading us home again.

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Tree Barkus

61cm (H) x 51cm (W) x 3.5cm (D)

Medium: Oil paint

Artist: Denise Nethercote

Price:  $ 450.00

Tree bark is richly varied in texture and colour. I have used one of my photos to interpret and play with colour, light and shade.

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Woman in Landscape

40cm (H) x 50cm (W)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: George Eustice

Price:  $ 350.00

Painted from the imagination in 2020—hard lockdown/pandemic induced?

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Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.