Macquarie Group Collection

Emerging Artist Prize virtual exhibition

The exceptional quality of the finalists’ work reflects the significant depth of talent to be found among Australia’s next generation of promising artists. Congratulations to the 2021 finalists:

Finalists

  1. Lachlan Bell
  2. Mara Braun
  3. Lucy Brosnan
  4. Julien Comer-Kleine
  5. Joshua Copland-Nielsen
  6. Beki Davies
  7. Nick Heynsbergh (Highly Commended Award)
  8. Lisa Ellen Hughes (Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award)
  9. Lynley Nargoodah 
  10. Aaron Rees (2021 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize winner)

 

You can explore the exceptional art from our 2021 Emerging Artist Prize finalists below. You can download a copy of the catalogue here. If you are interested in purchasing art, please click the “Register interest” button in order to contact the artist via email.

Please note:

  1. The payment for the art is directly between the buyer and the artist, with no involvement from Macquarie
  2. The artist's price for each work is GST inclusive; 
  3. Macquarie has not added commission to the artist's price; and
  4. The costs for packing and/or transport are not included in the price, with arrangements to be mutually agreed between the buyer and seller.

Lachlan Bell

These photographs by Lachlan Bell are set in regional Australia. The forgotten graves in a country churchyard, and the rusting petrol bowsers superfluous in a modern world, stand like sentries protecting memories embedded in the landscapes of lives past.

Memento mori (Dalgety), 2020

inkjet photographic print, aluminium frame
53.1 x 74.3 x 2cm

Edition 1/10 (framed) acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Editions 2-7/10 (unframed 42 x 59.4 cm) available.
$A350

Pushing up burr-daisies (Boloco), 2020

inkjet photographic print, aluminium frame
53.1 x 74.3 x 2cm

Edition 1/10 (framed) available.
$A600

Editions 2-7/10 (unframed 42 x 59.4 cm) available.
$A350


Mara Braun

During Melbourne’s biggest Covid-19 outbreak last year, many artists continued their practice from the confines of home. Mara Braun captured the surreal and lonely experience of the harsh lockdown by turning the view from her window into a canvas. Ghostly and ephemeral, these uncanny projections literally cast “new light” on the liminal spaces where urban and domestic environments meet.

Dusk Series #7, 2020

photographic print, edition 1/2 and 2/2
42 x 59.4cm

$A1,000

Night Series #6, 2020

photographic print, edition 1/2 and 2/2
42 x 59.4cm

$A1,000

Dusk Series #8, 2020

photographic print, edition 1/2 and 2/2
42 x 59.4cm

Edition 1/2 acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Edition 2/2 available.

$A1,000

Dusk Series #1, 2020

photographic print, edition 1/2 and 2/2
42 x 59.4cm

$A1,000

Night Series #5, 2020

photographic print, edition 1/2 and 2/2
42 x 59.4cm

$A1,000


Lucy Brosnan

Brought up in a regional town in northern NSW, Lucy Brosnan reflects in her work on the rural traditions that define aspects of Australian life in the country. This painting was inspired by the annual Mungindi dog show. Evocative rather than factual, the depictions of Akubra hatted farmers in the hot, dry weather are watery memories, deliberately vague and expressionistic.

Dog Show, 2021

oil on canvas (stretched)
58 x 79cm

acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.


Julien Comer-Kleine

Using sound and video, this film harnesses the invisible vibrations of the land. Artist Julien Comer-Kleine amplifies the workings of nature’s precious, life-giving ecologies that many of us cannot or choose not to revere. In an era of climate change challenges that need urgent addressing, this work gives sonic agency to the natural environments on which we depend.

Field Vibration Network, 2020

video 2:58min

Edition 1/4 acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Editions 2-4/4 available.

$A750


Joshua Copland-Nielsen

These images of post-war Australian suburban architecture are based on photographs taken by Joshua Copland-Nielsen. He transfers them to a print medium, a process that echoes their theme of being once removed both from memory and from first-hand encounter by the artist. Filled with a haunting disquiet, the images embody the essence of a fast-disappearing Australian vernacular.

Her Broken Screen, 2021

copper plate intaglio etching printed on 250gsm BFK Rives paper (unframed), edition of 5

45 x 30cm

$A400

Setting of the Sun, 2021

copper plate intaglio etching printed on 250gsm BFK Rives paper (unframed), edition of 5

45 x 30cm

$A400

Old Voice of the Coast, 2021

copper plate intaglio etching printed on 250gsm BFK Rives paper (unframed), edition of 5

45 x 30cm

Edition 1/5 acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Edition 2-5 sold.

Edition 3-5/5 available.

$A400

Picket Shadows, 2021

copper plate intaglio etching printed on 250gsm BFK Rives paper (unframed), edition of 5

45 x 30cm

Edition 1/5 acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Editions 2-5/5 available.

$A400


Beki Davies

These drawings, prints and cyanotype photographs by Beki Davies are created on site, using as raw materials the light, wind and rain from locations in southern Tasmania. Each one is a visual documentation of the experience of being in a particular place, combining field recordings of the natural elements with the artist’s hand drawn marks, in a compelling attempt to convey a visceral as well as visual experience of place.

13 KNOTS, 2019

ink on Fabriano Paper, unframed

56 x76cm

acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

37 KNOTS, 2019

ink on Fabriano Paper, unframed

56.1 x76cm

$A450

22 KNOTS, 2019

ink on Fabriano Paper, unframed

56.2 x76cm

$A450

44 KNOTS, 2019

ink on Fabriano Paper, unframed

56.3 x76cm

$A450

26 KNOTS, 2019

ink on Fabriano Paper, unframed

56.4 x76cm

$A450


Winner Highly Commended Award

Nick Heynsbergh

These dark and empty suburban streets are imbued with feelings of melancholy and menace. Meditations drawn from memories of specific places, they trace the artist’s understanding and acceptance of his queer identity. Artist Nick Heynsbergh hopes that by framing this journey in the form of a dimly lit maze, that new, shared pathways can be imagined, replacing old barriers faced by minority communities.

My explanation for coming out to my parents as gay was that I was attracted to men, 2021

watercolour and charcoal on paper, framed.

41.5 x 34 x 4cm

acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

When I was in grade 6, the ‘cool’ guys would corner me and my best friend and throw us against the back of the portables, insisting that we were gay, 2021

watercolour and charcoal on paper, framed.

41.5 x 34 x 4cm

acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

One I’d rather forget, 2021

watercolour and charcoal on paper, unframed.

27 x 41cm

$A2,000

Between Year 8 and Year 12, I tried to force myself to be attracted to girls instead of guys, thinking that I hadn’t been trying hard enough, 2021

watercolour and charcoal on paper, unframed.

15 x 22cm

$A1,000

At a party when I was 17, the guy I was infatuated with slid his hand up my shirt, while we were ‘sleeping’ on our friend’s loungeroom floor, 2021

watercolour and charcoal on paper, unframed.

30 x 18.5cm

$A1,500


Winner Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award

Lisa Ellen Hughes

Lisa Hughes creates playful and colourful narratives of sites around NSW waterways and beaches, depicting idiosyncratic elements of each place and people’s interaction with it. The paintings here are based on the artist’s observations in southern and central Sydney, as well as Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. In some, there is a QR code embedded within the cacophony of colour, leading us to animations that document human and marine activity.

Wally’s Wharf, 2021

acrylic on Italian cotton anvas with QR code animation

75.5 x 101cm, animation 44 seconds

acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Moody temptress, 2021

acrylic and glaze on canvaswith QR code animation

130 x 90cm, animation 52 seconds

$A2,600

Melt, 2021

acrylic on Italian cotton canvas

51 x 61cm

$A400

Distorted occupation, 2021

acrylic on Italian cotton canvas

61 x 91.5cm

$A800

Reflecting, 2021

acrylic on Italian cotton canvas

72 x 72cm

$A450


Lynley Nargoodah

Walmajarri / Nyikina artist Linley Nargoodah renders the seven seasons of her family’s ancestral country in the Kimberley. Each colour represents a different season, rendered in vertical swathes ranging from blue which represents water, followed by the green of a healthy land filled with blossoming plant life. The artist deploys a distinctive circular motif to create a feeling of flux and fluidity.

Seed Collecting- Seven Seasons, 2021

acrylic paint on 3mm polycarbonate

184 x 61 x 0.3cm (triptych)

$A9,000


Winner of 2021 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

Aaron Rees

This photograph is a play on bees as indicators of ecological disaster. Photographer Aaron Rees has manipulated the film negative to create a fictional image. The large scale depiction of Australian paper daisies is punctured, the holes revealing voids of light, that from a distance resemble insects. The work is a critique of the ways in which visual and digital media technologies have skewed our relationship to the natural world.

Vanishing Point, 2019

chromogenic (C - Type) print, framed

180 x 125 x 5cm (diptych)

Edition 2/5 acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Editions 3-5/5 available.

$A4,000