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'Love the Home You're In' by Lochlan Howard

‘Love the Home You’re In’ by Lochlan Howard
St Francis Xavier’s College
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Arguably, the Archibald Prize is regarded as the most important portraiture prize in the Australian art scene. Along with the Wynne (best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture), and Sulman (best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media) Prizes, the Art Gallery NSW is currently exhibiting the entrants for 2013. It’s almost un-Australian not to go.

Well, even though I am not an Australian, I tootled along to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman. I go every year. All good. But, what I was really looking forward to was ArtExpress

Regular readers may recall my post from last year on ArtExpress 2012 (here). ArtExpress is an annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art making component of our Higher School Certificate examination in Visual Arts in New South Wales. It includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms. And it is
A M A Z I N G. What these students achieve is mind-blowing, and this year was no exception (although I think 2012 just nudged ahead for me).

'Double Think' by Aoife Coleman-Clarke

‘Double Think’ by Aoife Coleman-Clarke
Rose Bay Secondary College
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'Babel' by Rachel Cronin

‘Babel’ by Rachel Cronin
Loreto Kirribilli
(Image from here)

'Sweet Simplicity' by Milli Wheeler

‘Sweet Simplicity’ by Milli Wheeler
Oak Flats High School
(Image from here)

'Conscience Vote' by India Gates

‘Conscience Vote’ by India Gates
Wenona School
(Image from here)

'After Leonardo' by Alexis O'Connor

‘After Leonardo’ by Alexis O’Connor
Wenona School (a cracking year for Wenona School!)
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2013 marks the 30th anniversary of ArtExpress at the Art Gallery of NSW. If you haven’t yet made it to the exhibition, you have a few more days to do so. If you’re not in NSW, you can check out the works here.