Daniel Crooks has won the first biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize in Australia, pocketing $100,000 for his Study for ‘Static no. 11 (man running)’ work. The work is a two-channel HD digital video with sound.
The subject that artists have to play with to enter the art prize is sport. I always thought sport and art went together about as happily as oil and water.
Brett Whiteley’s “The Cricket Match” is one of the few sporting pictures that I would hang my wall. There’s also George Bellows boxing paintings and Edgar Degas horse racing paintings. I can’t think of any others at the moment.
Here’s what the organizers of the art/sports prizes hopes to achieve.. “It is hoped this prize will support the continuing development of the winning artist’s work, encourage a wider discussion and experience, and liberate sport and art from their opposing corners in the cultural landscape.”
The 16 shortlisted artists are James Angus, Jon Cattapan, Daniel Crooks, Kate Daw and Stewart Russell, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Mark Hilton, David Jolly, Josie Kunoth Petyarre and Dinni Kunoth Kemarre, Richard Lewer, Selina Ou, Scott Redford, Elvis Richardson and Anne Zahalka. See their entries here.