We’re thrilled to announce the 2019 Henry Jones Art Prize has been awarded to emerging Tasmanian artist Micheila Petersfield, announced last night at the launch of the finalists exhibition. Open only to Tasmanian emerging or early-career artists, 67 finalists unveiled their work last night, chosen from a strong field of over 120 submissions. The panel of judges were highly impressed by the calibre and diversity of work this year, but chose Petersfield’s piece, The Gesture; for the $20,000 prize. 

“Simply stated, highly accomplished and extremely powerful.” 

“At first glance the image is reminiscent of a fashion shoot – extremely polished and exuding sensuality and beauty, however after spending time with this artwork the underlying distortions start to allude to darker qualities and suggest an ambiguity of intent, sexuality and emotion.” 

The judges wish to give an honourable mention to Shanshan Ai, Olivia Bowman and Timothy Coad. These three artworks showed innovation, originality and contribution to their chosen mediums. Joshua Andree also was awarded the Hanger’s Prize by the Packing Room team, courtesy of Artery Tasmania for his work Preservation. We are honoured to showcase these works by Tasmania’s finest emerging artists, and we hope our close connection with the Tasmania’s art community continues to grow.

The exhibition of all finalists is on show daily from 10am – 5pm until December 8, 2019 in the Packing Room, IXL Atrium, The Henry Jones Art Hotel. All artworks are available for purchase.

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