Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2011
Left: Becky Gibson Broadway site # 1 2010 Collection of the artist; Right: Becky Gibson Redfern park site 2010 Private collection © Becky Gibson
Becky Gibson, 26, from Chippendale, Sydney, has won the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship for her body of work, represented by Broadway site # 1 2010.
Becky Gibson attended the National Art School in Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. She was a highly commended finalist of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2009. Becky is interested in developing a series of new works that look at merging the themes of erased landscapes and memory.
This year’s judges were artist Colin Lanceley and the Gallery’s head of Australian art, Wayne Tunnicliffe. 'I thought Becky’s work showed sophistication in her handling, her use of paint, the way she understood form and colour and particularly how sophisticated her technique was dealing with it. Her work was personal and I think she is a perfect recipient for the scholarship,’ said Colin Lanceley.
The judges also highly commended James Drinkwater, 27, from Newcastle.
Eighty-seven entries were received from around Australia, five of which are included in the online finalists exhibition. The winning entry and a small selection of works will be on show at the Brett Whiteley Studio. All five finalists and the winner’s body of work can be viewed online:
About the scholarship
The annual Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship is open to Australian artists aged between 20 and 30 years. It was created from an endowment by Mrs Beryl Whiteley, who died in 2010. The inspiration was the profound effect international travel and study had on her son, the artist Brett Whiteley, as a result of winning the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship at the age of 20.
10 Sep – 27 Nov 2011
Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills