October 17, 2019
Bronte Leighton-Dore has been awarded Highly Commended in the 2019 Paddington Art Prize.
The Prize is a $30,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.
The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.
Image: 'The Shadows Run Both Ways, Berambing NSW, 2019, oil on board, 124.5 x 172.5 cm.
May 20, 2019
Bronte Leighton-Dore is a finalist in the 2019 Wynne Prize. The Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.
This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape art, entering the collections of public galleries, including the AGNSW.
Bronte says of her entry, "...My painting is an attempt to give sense to the engulfing yet expansive nature of the landscape, as the eucalyptus trunks, the fallen leaves and the tufts of native grass become jewels of colour when suffused with light."
Image: Installation view "Blue to eye's touch, Merlin's Lookout" 2019, oil on board, 124.5 x 172.5 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
January 22, 2018
Stepping into Tomorrow, an art collective headed by Sep Pourbozorgi and Thomas John Whelan, presents Sweetness of the New, a group exhibition that approaches classic Australian imagery with a refreshing, optimistic, contemporary bent. The collective prides itself on finding the pleasure and value in contemplation, believing there is “no better way to celebrate our past than by stepping into tomorrow”. The collective "sees art as a medium that extends over generations, location and circumstance; uniting a multi-faceted national identity and aesthetic". The opening night of Sweetness of the New is on Thursday 25th of January from 6-9pm, and is open until the 28th of January, from 11am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday, at Yellow House Sydney, 57-59 Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW.
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