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Blackheath Open Art Prize – October 2013 – First Prize

African Animal Studies – 145 x 100cm – Mixed media on paper – 2013

Judge: Jo Ernsten (for information on the judge go to )

Judges comments: This work shows supreme understanding and confidence in the quality of the gestural mark. The work is fresh and immediate in its relationship to process and subject. Its simplicity, humor and humanity kept commanding me to comeback for another look and another discovery – hard to ignore.

Blackheath Members Easter Exhibition  2013

First Prize: Blackheath 1
Artist: Jody Gaham
Medium: Mixed media
Judge’s comments: This modestly scaled work is an instantly familiar streetscape to Blackheath locals and visitors. The artist has skillfully described a precise place using broad gestures, and she has captured the subdued palette and diffused light that typifies the Blue Mountains for much of the year. All three works convey a sense of weather and atmosphere that contribute strongly to a sense of place. The artist has managed to record detailed observations with an economy of gesture, colour and mark making and has demonstrated a skillful and evocative control of tone and colour. Part of the interest in this work lies in its’ succinct visual language, yet layered sense of both space and place. This work, and its two companion pieces, can be revisited often by the viewer, who will discover a little more, or something different at each viewing.

Blackheath 1
Mixed media on paper
38cm x 29cm
2013 – SOLD

Blackheath 2
Mixed media on paper
38cm x 29cm
2013 – SOLD

Blackheath 3
Mixed media on paper
38cm x 29cm

‘Green ban’  Mixed media on paper  ( 3 x 56cm x 76cm )  October 2012      SOLD

Jody Graham has been selected for the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing this year.
Official opening & announcements by acclaimed artist Jenny Sages Friday 1st March 2013, 7pm, Adelaide Perry Gallery.
The prize is valued at $20,000.
Jody’s works will be exhibited along with the work of 41 other finalists at The Adelaide Perry Gallery
Cnr Hennesey & College Sts, Croydon
Exhibition continues 2 March to 5 April 2013
The gallery is opened Monday to Friday: 8.30am-4.00pm and Saturday: 11.00am-4.00pm (closed Easter weekend).

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Jody Graham has been selected with work ‘Darlinghurst Police Station’ for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2013.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000 awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject.
NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize award ceremony is on Wednesday 8 May 2013 in the Foundation Court at NSW Parliament House.

Finalist work will be exhibited in the Foundation Court at NSW Parliament House from 1st – 31st May, and will be open to the public 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday.
NSW Parliament, Macquarie Street Sydney

The former Darlinghurst Police Station is located behind Taylor Square, sitting on the corner of Bourke and Forbes Street. It is an example of Edwardian architecture built in 1899.

I began drawing this building early in 2012 because of the construction work happening behind it. The contrast between a historical building and new construction attracted me. The police station itself reminds me of something out of a eccentric fairy tale. It appears to have resisted change while tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. This whole site peaks my curiosity both visually and historically. Discreet yet bold, it appears very seductive. I imagine there would be a treasure trove of stories that transpired behind these walls.