Major Winner 2011, Evan Woodruffe
In our digital age, when it no longer need record the natural world, painting must redefine its role in order to remain relevant as a 21C art form. Artists must use the medium to create something no other media can: celebrate its properties, its versatility, its unique energy.
The winning work does this masterfully. Its complex composition is filled with movement, tension and mystery. It offers texture and subtle variations in colour. It was not the work I immediately identified as the winner, but it was the one I kept coming back to, finding something new and engaging on each view, and the image remained with me long after I left it behind. For me, that's the definition of art.
- Jennifer Buckley - Guest Judge 2011