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Anne Judell


1942 -


'The chosen work demands attention by calling softly. In a world of clashes and chaos, this work speaks of something different. With dense layers and subtle surfaces it talks of the mystery of growth, of essences and fragility, of quiet
contemplation. It is like a thought once understood and lost, which one tries to grasp again.' (Guy Warren, 2011).

Anne Judell’s 'Breath' evokes smoke, drifting clouds, organic entities or simply the ineffable. Although she looks closely at nature, Judell stated that in 'Breath' she was ‘exploring a way to show the fundamental truth of matter’. Her principal interest lies in the connection between ancient Buddhist wisdom and current scientific discoveries in quantum physics, in the constant formation and dissolution of molecules. She says, ‘I work very lightly with many many layers of pastel until some form asserts itself. This is then refined with graphite and more layers. I’m attempting to reach that very elusive point where they are neither form nor formless.’ For Judell, the drawing describes an emotional state and is, in essence, abstract. She feels that it is necessary to give time to the work, to allow it to be felt, to resonate with the viewer. She states on the subject of her practice that, ‘art, for me, is the mystery itself, as well as the means to explore the mystery’.


Place where the work was made

Robertson New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

pastel, graphite, black gesso on paper


52.0 x 37.0 cm each sheet; 73.0 x 56.0 x 3.5 cm each frame :

a - left panel, 52 x 37 cm

b - centre panel, 52 x 37 cm

c - right panel, 52 x 37 cm

Signature & date

Signed verso each sheet.


Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2012


Not on display

Accession number


Dobell Prize for Drawing

Winner - 2011

Artist information

Anne Judell

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 17 publications


Christopher Allen, The Australian, ‘Nuanced works draw on the disciplined imagination’, pg. 13, Canberra, 19 Dec 2011, 13 (illus.).

Alexandra Back, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Artist draws breath and scores 10 out of zen', pg. 13, Sydney, 03 Dec 2011-04 Dec 2011, 13.

Emma Biscoe, Highlands Post, 'Last minute decision pays off', pg. 1, Bowral, 15 Dec 2011, 1 (illus.). Judell is photographed standing in front of the work.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Introduction’, pg. 6-14, Sydney, 2012, cover (colour illus.), 9, 56, 57 (colour illus.), 61, back cover (colour illus.).

Jude McBean, The Daily Examiner, 'The Dobell', pg. 33, Grafton, 10 Dec 2011, 33.

John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Lines of poetry', pg. 12-13, Sydney, 10 Dec 2011-11 Dec 2011, 12, (colour illus.), 23. Featured in Spectrum supplement.

Deborah McIntosh, Highlife Magazine, ‘Drawn to intrigue’, pg. 124-126, Bowral, Apr 2012, 124 (colour illus.), 125.

Paul McLoughlin (Editor), Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, 'Anne Judell wins art's Dobell Prize', pg. 49, Wagga Wagga, 03 Dec 2011, 49.

Paul Ramadge (Editor), Age, 'Artist breaths easier after $25,000 win', pg. 19, Melbourne, 07 Dec 2011, 19 (colour illus.).

Deborah Stone (Editor),, ‘Anne Judell wins Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Australia, 05 Dec 2011, (colour illus., detail). viewed 14.12.2011,

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Dense and subtle Dobell winner', pg. 10, Sydney, Feb 2012, 10 (colour illus.).

Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 'Anne Judell's picture of nothing wins the Dobell Prize', n.pag., Canberra, 03 Dec 2011, n.pag.., 'Anne Judell wins this year's Dobell Prize', Australia, 02 Dec 2011. viewed 07.12.2011,

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Newcastle herald, 'Abstract art wins Dobell', pg. 2, Newcastle, 03 Dec 2011, 2.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph, 'Emotional victory', pg. 23, Sydney, 03 Dec 2011, 23., 'NSW artist wins prestigious drawing prize', Australia, 02 Dec 2011, (colour illus.). viewed 07.12.2011,, 'Southern Highlands artist Anne Judell has won this year's Dobell Prize for Drawing', Australia, 02 Dec 2011. viewed 07.12.2011,