The Blake Prize Finalists for 2013

toothed vagina

The finalists for the 62nd Blake Prize in Australia have been announced. It’s supposed to be a prize that explores religious and spiritual ideas in art but it’s probably more about who can be the most shocking and vulgar. Being the shit stirrers that a lot of artists are, it’s a great opportunity to share vaginas with teeth, boys masturbating each other and a whole bunch of other wanking good fun with a wider audience.

Which isn’t to say that I’m against the offensive stuff, I just think the prize should be called something like, The Blake prize: taking the piss and offending religious nutters. It would be a much more accurate description ;-)

aboriginal painting

Margaret Loy Pula – Anatye (Bush Potato). This is my pick for the winner, just because I think it would look pretty good on my wall!

2 gays masturbating

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran – Shit Frame (2 Boys Jerking). Subject matter aside, this is a pretty good painting. What 2 gay guys wanking has to do with religion or spirituality beats the hell out of me. If you browse through the finalists there’s a description of each work and the description of this one is a bigger wank than the actual subject matter.

ufo spaceship

Jacquelene Drinkall – Weatherman Ufology (Kandos Occupation). UFOs are kinda spiritual I guess, especially if you think of them as inter-dimensional.

rodney pople blake prize finalist

Rodney Pople – Night Dance. The church and pedophilia get a few mentions.

scary vagina with teeth

Tom O’Hern – Sheela Na Gig. Possibly one of the scariest vaginas I have seen in art. The hungry vagina with teeth has a perfectly religious explanation behind it.

See the rest of the 73 entries for the 2013 Blake Prize at their website here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


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