Judge and Orange Regional Art Gallery director Lisa Loader described the painting as a “joyous, exuberant and powerful” work.
“Genevieve Carroll’s brushwork is assured and the composition well resolved,” she said.
“In a very strong exhibition that presented a difficult exercise to choose a winner, the work stood out.” Ms Carroll’s work was chosen from 236 entries in the competition’s Hanging Art Category.
The $3000 prize is donated each year by Raylee Hart, widow of iconic outback painter Pro Hart, in memory of her husband who was committed to making art accessible to people in regional Australia.
Ms Carroll’s work has been Highly Commended in two previous Art Unlimited competitions. She works from a beautifully conserved heritage studio at her home in Hill End and her work in textiles, painting, drawing and sculpture has been exhibited widely at galleries in both regional and metropolitan Australia.
The $3000 Printstorm Photography Prize was awarded to Alf Manciagli of Orange NSW for his portrait The Thespian.
Judge Bob Hughes chose the work from 91 entries and described it as a work with great impact. "
Article Courtesy Mudgee Guardian 25.5.15
See more of the Winners & Highly Commended Entries
& Opening Night Exhibition photos here