PATRONS of the Australian Conflict Memorial’s Napier Waller Artwork Prize had been in livid settlement when retired main Anneke Jamieson was voted in as winner of the 2022 Napier Waller Artwork individuals’s alternative for her portrait, “The Promotion”, which has additionally received the primary 2022 Napier Waller Artwork Prize in June.
Jamieson, a mom of three, took inspiration from her personal experiences when creating the work, an acrylic and oil on canvas that includes a servicewoman in uniform breastfeeding her child.
The work, the memorial says was a transparent winner, with 2254 individuals voting from greater than 7300 votes forged and Jamieson will obtain a $5000 money prize and the portrait might be added into the Memorial’s Nationwide Assortment as a part of the prize, open to all present and former service personnel within the Australian Defence Power
“Once I painted this piece I needed army moms, and dealing moms normally, to see her and really feel seen themselves. To permit themselves a second to acknowledge all these conflicting emotions their skilled success has on being current for the newborn of their arms. To acknowledge, settle for, forgive themselves and really feel grateful,” Jamieson stated.
“Successful the individuals’s alternative award signifies that she – the girl in my paintings – is doing precisely what I hoped she would. I’m honoured past phrases.”
“This portrait has impressed 1000’s of individuals to vote, from inside the Defence group but additionally individuals inquisitive about artwork and Anneke Jamieson’s story of service and household,” Australian Conflict Memorial Director, Matt Anderson, stated.
The prize and exhibition is held biennially with the subsequent prize in 2024.
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Ian Meikle, editor