Click here to go to important dates
Click here to go to Information for 2010 entry page
Click here to go to Past Winners page
Click here to go to 2010 entrants page
Click here to go to Media page
Click here to go to Our Sponsors page
Click here to go to Contact details page
graphic image

Aiden Morse
Allana Blizzard Jones
Alison McCrindle
Alyce Bailey
Amy Courto
Amy Na
Ashlee Irwin
Bonnie Brown
Christiana Szczerba
Claire Needham
Effie Pryer
Emily Arnold
Emily Blom
Emily Jones
Eva Schultz
Felicity Lovett
Hamish Hall
Josh Foley
Kelly Eijdenberg
Laura E Kennedy
Laura Hindmarsh
Liam James
Matthew Carey
Matthew Dames
Nathan Gillam
Nic Hutchins
Nicola Smith
Nicole Evans
Patrick Horan
Samantha Dennis
Shantelle Perry
Sid Cyanide
Skye McLachlan
Stella Ferreras

People's Choice - Vote Now

View the 2011 entrants

View the 2010 entrants

View the 2009 entrants

graphic image

Allana Blizzard Jones, Hobart
Con, acrylic on canvas

graphic image

This is the first self-portrait I have created since getting married.

Drawing upon the traditions of portraiture I created a seated portrait. The interior, though luxurious with gold detailing in the striped wallpaper and diamond upholstery in the ornate white-winged couch, is also sparse. Other than the couch and the wall and floor coverings there are no additional ornaments or objects to hint at aspects of the subject’s identity or personality.

In contrast with the luxurious pastel interior, the sitter is dressed in darkly coloured, contemporary street clothes: denim jeans, Converse sneakers, a slouchy red top with striped sleeves extending from underneath. Her hair is modern yet simply styled. Make-up is non-existent. The only ornament is a silver wedding band.

The perspective of the painting is slightly tilted so that you are looking up at the sitter, elevating her to a position of status. The proportion of the hands and feet focuses attention on the wedding band and Converse sneakers, the source of the painting’s title.

The disconnection between the interior and the sitter reflects her state of mind: despite her recent marriage, an adult endeavour, she still feels a child. Marriage has not resulted in some miraculous change; she is the same person she was before and feels out of place in this interior, this environment. She has not yet found her place. She knows this is not it. She will keep searching.