Chief Judge: Godwin Bradbeer
Godwin Bradbeer is a Melbourne based artist with a reputation for intense and large scale figurative drawing. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1970's. He has taught at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and other art schools in Australia and in Asia. From 2005 until 2010 he was the Head of Drawing in the School of Art at RMIT University in Melbourne.
A major survey of his work titled; 'Godwin Bradbeer: Enigma and Stigma' was presented at Deakin University in Melbourne in 2017. In 2006 - 2008 an extensive retrospective exhibition toured seven regional galleries in several Australian states.
Bradbeers’ work is included within the collections of the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of N.S.W., the Art Gallery of South Australia, Parliament House, Canberra, the Archive of Humanist Art, Commonwealth Art Bank, Lim lip Museum, Korea, Korean Art Institute, the University of Western Carolina, U.S.A. and other institutional collections nationally and internationally.
Bradbeer is the recipient of many awards including the Dobell Prize for Drawing from the Art Gallery of N.S.W. a prize that he won in 1998 and he has been included in many publications on Australian art and a major monograph on the artists work authored by Dr Janet McKenzie has been published by Thames and Hudson in 2018.
In 2018 Bradbeer showed work at Galerie La Capitale in Paris and he will be exhibiting there again in April 2019. He is represented in Melbourne, Australia by the James Makin Gallery.
Judge: Amanda Hyatt
Amanda Hyatt has been a professional watercolour artist for 35 years. She has had 35 solo exhibitions, with international exhibitions in New York and China where she was described as a 'Master of Watercolour'. Amanda has also been described as one of seven 'International Masters of En Plein Air Painting' and a 'leading international teacher of watercolour'.
Amanda has won many prizes including the Camberwell Rotary Art Show Gold Medal as judged by Sir William Dargie in 1992 plus 10 other major awards here including several restricted club prizes and was runner up to Camberwell Art Show's Travel Grant on three occasions. She has won several other major prizes including the Alice Bale, the Kenneth Jack, the Gordon Moffat Award and the Norman Kaye Artist of the year award at the Victorian Artists Society. She has judged many art shows during her career.
Amanda has three teaching DVDs by APV Films and her book "Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism" is a best seller. Her highly collectable paintings are found in Europe, the UK, China, the USA and Australia. She has written over 50 articles for leading art magazines such as The Artist (UK), L’Art de L’Aquarelle and Pratique des Arts (France), Flashart (USA), International Artist and Australian Artist.
For further information please see Amanda’s website amandahyatt.com.au.
Judge: Raelene Sharp
Raelene Sharp has been a professional portrait artist for many years painting corporate, private and celebrity portraits for clients around the country. She lists Scotch College, Melbourne University, Melbourne University College, Royal Children's Hospital, St Catherine’s Toorak, and Caulfield Grammar among her clients.
She is an Archibald Prize Finalist and Archibald Packing Room Prize Winner. Raelene has won the third richest portrait prize in the Australia - The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize. Her painting of Professor Suzanne Cory AC is hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
She has been included in the Salon International USA twice, the Archibald Salon des Refuse and received a First Merit in the Portrait Society of America's annual Exhibition. Her paintings are in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in all but a few national portrait competitions and also features in several publications.
Raelene has judged many national art shows including Camberwell Art Show.