The votes have been counted and this year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award from the recent Henry Jones Art Prize is Tasmanian artist, Maggie Jeffries (pictured above) for her painting Beneath Our Feet, 2019. Maggie has received a $1,000 framing voucher courtesy of Wagner Framemakers. Thank you to all who stopped by the exhibition to view, vote or purchase impressive works by Tasmania’s finest emerging artists. Your support of Tasmania’s art community is greatly appreciated.

Beneath Our Feet’ was created as a homage to kunanyi / Mount Wellington, as a reminder of the importance of connection to land and significance of place. The piece was inspired by a passage from Greg Lehman’s Welcome to Country, which features the phrase ‘we walk where they walked’ (Greg Lehman, 2006). Created to pay respect to the original owners of this particular Tasmanian site, the painting also presents an enduring appreciation for this island’s unique landscape. The composition consists of several photographs taken up on the mountain, highlighting a selection of native plants and a combination of different sites, collaged together to form a pattern as unique as the subject itself. ‘Beneath Our Feet’ considers the notions of preservation and admiration of sacred sites, while also reflecting my personal connection to the mountain and the concept of place.

As promised one lucky voter was drawn at random to win a night at The Henry Jones Art Hotel. That lucky person is Annette O’Hern from Geilston Bay, Tasmania!  Congratulations!


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