'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’.
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
© Anne Judell
Dobell Prize for Drawing (discontinued)
Shown in 1 exhibition
Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the Dobell Drawing Prize:
- Grafton Regional Gallery 15 Feb 2013–24 Mar 2013
- Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul 30 Mar 2013–05 May 2013
- Orange Regional Gallery, Orange 05 Jul 2013–18 Aug 2013
- National Art School, Darlinghurst 29 Aug 2013–06 Oct 2013
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 18 Oct 2013–24 Nov 2013
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 11 Apr 2014–18 May 2014
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.
Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 'Anne Judell's picture of nothing wins the Dobell Prize', n.pag., Canberra, 03 Dec 2011, n.pag..
Daily telegraph, 'Emotional victory', pg. 23, Sydney, 03 Dec 2011, 23.
The Newcastle herald, 'Abstract art wins Dobell', pg. 2, Newcastle, 03 Dec 2011, 2.
Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, 'Anne Judell wins art's Dobell Prize', pg. 49, Wagga Wagga, 03 Dec 2011, 49.
Age, 'Artist breaths easier after $25,000 win', pg. 19, Melbourne, 07 Dec 2011, 19 (colour illus.).
www.sbs.com.au, 'Anne Judell wins this year's Dobell Prize', Australia, 02 Dec 2011. viewed 07.12.2011, http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1609803/Anne-Judell-wins-this-years-Dobell-Prize
www.abc.net.au, 'NSW artist wins prestigious drawing prize', Australia, 02 Dec 2011, (colour illus.). viewed 07.12.2011, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-02/judell-wins-dobell-drawing-prize/3709228
http://news.ninemsn.com.au, 'Southern Highlands artist Anne Judell has won this year's Dobell Prize for Drawing', Australia, 02 Dec 2011. viewed 07.12.2011, http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/10/10/17/09/anne-judell-wins-this-year-s-dobell-prize
www.artshub.com.au, ‘Anne Judell wins Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Australia, 05 Dec 2011, (colour illus., detail). viewed 14.12.2011, http://au.artshub.com/au/news-article/news/arts/anne-judell-wins-dobell-prize-for-drawing-186690
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Dense and subtle Dobell winner', pg. 10, Sydney, Feb 2012, 10 (colour illus.).