TAFE NSW teacher, Michael Bell, has joined the prestigious list of accomplished artists who have taken out the Kilgour Prize.
Announced earlier this month, Michael became the winner of the $50,000 art prize via a live-streamed announcement at Newcastle Art Gallery.
His two self-portraits were picked as the stand-out choice from over 350 entries and 30 finalists from across Australia.
The TAFE NSW Art and Media, Business and Creative Industries teacher’s career has spanned over 30 years and includes being named as a finalist in exhibitions such as The Archibald Prize and The Sulman Prize, as well as designing for iconic Australian brands such as Triple J and surf label, Mambo Australia.
Michael said he is thrilled to have won the top prize and appreciates the support he has received from TAFE NSW.
“There are so many incredibly talented artists involved in this exhibition,” he said.
“Winning this Award is a real privilege and I am very grateful.”
Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said that she was proud of Michael’s incredible achievement and that it was exciting to celebrate such a prestigious win from a local community member.
“The City of Newcastle is honoured to be the home of the Kilgour Prize, which has firmly established itself as one of Australia’s major art prizes,” she said.
“This is highlighted by the immense quality of the works and artists who have entered this year.
“I congratulate Michael Bell on joining the list of accomplished artists to have taken out the Kilgour Prize.”
The Kilgour Prize was this year judged by Director of Newcastle Art Gallery, Lauretta Morton, Curator and Lecturer of Art History at The University of Sydney, Stephen Gilchrist, and Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager at the Museums and Galleries of NSW, Rachel Arndt.
The judges said they were impressed by the composition of the winning painting and details within it.
IMAGE | Winner of the Kilgour Prize, Michael Bell, Newcastle City Councillor, Carol Duncan and Director of Newcastle Art Gallery, Lauretta Morton (left-right).