The Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association has announced the Fine Art and Sculpture judge for the 51st anniversary of its upcoming Clarence River Arts Competition and Festival, to be held at Maclean Show Ground from 8-10 July.
Local artist Peter Daly, who is a painter and printmaker (also ceramics and paper-making) will judge the Fine Art, Members and Novice Art sections as well as the Sculpture section. Prizes in all but the Members’ Art section are open to entrants from all over Australia. Their total value is over $5000, with the major Art award valued at $2000.
Peter Daly received his undergraduate degree, (BA Vis Art) from City Art Institute in Sydney, and graduate degrees from the University of New South Wales (Grad Dip Vis Art) and Western Michigan University (MFA). At WMU he received the distinction of The All University
Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award for 1996. His individual exhibitions have been held in Toronto, Canada, Michigan, USA, and Mexico City; in Australia, at Lismore Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery and Damien Minton Gallery in Newcastle.
His extensive group exhibitions have included the 2nd Biennale Internationale du Pastel in Saint Quentin, France (1990), “Pastellistes Contemporaine” in Kaiserslautem, Germany (1992), and “One Hundred Cities”, International Print Triennial, Poland (1997).
Of his work, Peter says “My imagery contains inherent values —the traditional relationship between form, meaning and subject matter. The formal and aesthetic considerations are the essential ingredients of my work, into which I plunge icons that are full of social and political metaphor.”
“As a statement maker, my interests are to re-examine and document the consequences of cultures past and present. I rely upon a personal as well as a collective experience, which is exemplified by metaphor and symbols”.
“Thus for me, art is a unique form of knowledge —it has its own cognitive and theoretical value, in addition to that which is aesthetic”.
Entries for both the Sculpture and the Fine Art sections close on Monday 27 June and works are to be delivered to the Show Ground on Tuesday 5 July. Entry forms are available from www.ferrypark.org as well as Ferry Park Gallery itself, or phone the Art Steward on 0438 406 368.