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.