2019 Judges

This year’s judges for The Henry Jones Art Prize: W. Nevin Hurst, Sue Lovegrove & Nigel Hewitt.

Now in its second year, The Henry Jones Art Prize has once again assembled a judging panel of the highest calibre to recognise and commend the talents of Tasmania’s most exciting emerging artists. We are delighted to introduce to the panel, eminent curator, W. Nevin Hurst; artist and educator, Dr Sue Lovegrove; and 2015 Glover Prize winner, Nigel Hewitt. Each judge brings with them a diverse range of experience, expertise and perspective, and each shares an understanding of what it is to strive to become an established artist in Tasmania. We very much look forward to seeing their shortlist of exhibition when it is announced on the 25th October.

Nigel Hewitt

Nigel Hewitt is a senior visual artist based in Hobart, Tasmania and Perth, Western Australia. Hewitt’s artworks are most frequently mixed media on canvas, with subjects ranging from contemporary environmental and political issues to the personal and ambiguous notions of identity and existence.

Nigel’s artistic career has developed strongly and consistently since his graduation from Claremont School for Fine Arts in 1977. Exploring and shaping the world of his imagination through his chosen medium, he has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, nationally and internationally.

Nigel has been awarded several residencies both within Australia and beyond, has been widely published, has been chosen for numerous private and corporate commissions, and has received a host of local and national art awards throughout his career. His works are represented in international collections such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Artbank, Kerry Stokes Collection, BankWest, Wesfarmers, Holmes a Court Collection, and The Stein Collection, to name a few.

Sue Lovegrove in front of her artwork Convergence. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sue Lovegrove

Sue Lovegrove is an established Tasmanian artist and arts educator. Working across a range of media in both painting and work on paper, she explores ideas around notions of transience and the invisible phenomena of the natural world through sensory perceptions of sight, sound and touch.

Sue completed a PhD at ANU School of Art in 2002 and has exhibited extensively across Australia since 1992. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House Art Collection, University of Canberra, and the Holmes a Court Collection.

She has received many awards including an Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship, and has undertaken extended residencies in remote and isolated places including Antarctica, Macquarie Island, Maatsuyker Island and Tasman Island. Most recently she received an Australia Council grant with Tasmanian writer Adrienne Eberhard to produce and publish an artist’s book, The Voice of Water.

W. Nevin Hurst in his Gallery. Image by Jeremy Pemberton.

W. Nevin Hurst

With over forty years’ experience in the industry, W. Nevin Hurst is recognised as Tasmania’s most experienced fine art valuer.

Since opening Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery in 1975, Nevin has formed a close relationship with major dealers and auctioneers throughout Australia and overseas having handled many notable works of Australian fine art, such as pieces by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Charles Conder, Tom Roberts, and John Glover.

Nevin has staged numerous solo exhibitions of his own work, initially at Hibiscus Gallery in Hobart, followed by Anima Gallery in Adelaide, Connely French Galleries in Evandale, The Terrace Gallery in Sydney, and Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery in Hobart. Nevin also makes a significant academic contribution, having been published in a number of scholarly publications.

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