Macquarie Group Collection

Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

The Macquarie Group Collection has been supporting emerging Australian artists for more than thirty years. The Collection's annual Emerging Artist Prize and exhibition is usually held in Sydney, offering support to a new generation of Australian visual artists. Artists are invited to enter an original work/s that reflect the Macquarie Group Collection theme, The Land and its Psyche.

 

2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

9th annual Emerging Artist Prize

A record number of submissions

Over 250 attendees at the virtual event

8 Emerging Artist Prize winners

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize and Exhibition was held virtually. In order to support more emerging artists during these challenging times, eight artists were selected for the virtual exhibition.

Each of these artists receives $A5,000 prize money and a $A1,000 art transport voucher from International Art Services. 

Experience the virtual event

The exceptional quality of the winners’ works reflects the significant depth of talent to be found among Australia’s next generation of promising visual artists. Congratulations to the 2020 winners:

  1. Katie Banakh
  2. Victoria Hempstead
  3. Mahala Hill
  4. Emma Itzstein
  5. George Kennedy
  6. Katie Stewart
  7. Joanne Wheeler
  8. Myles Young

Virtual exhibition

Explore the exceptional art from our 2020 Macquarie Emerging Artist Prize winners below. You can also 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.

Katie Banakh

This painting is by Katie Banakh, an artist whose practice was affected by the solitude and geographic limitations of an extended lockdown in Melbourne during the pandemic. While the eerie mood and lighting is reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s urban scenes, it actually depicts a still from the Survivor television show, which the artist binge-watched because she missed being able to get beyond the 5km radius of her suburb and into nature.

@thiscuriousplace
katiebanakh.com

Limited edition prints available. Contact Katie.

Katie Banakh
Lockdown Landscape, 2020
oil on canvas board
41 x 30 cm
$A1,200 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Katie Banakh to learn more about her art.


Victoria Hempstead

Many artists were compelled this year to capture the environmental and emotional devastation of last summer’s bushfires. Sydney artist Victoria Hempstead felt an urgent need to record the aftermath, which she researched first-hand by walking around different fire-affected sites over a five-month period. The result is these very raw, abstract compositions made from a natural solution poured over mild steel that causes corrosion to occur, invoking how fire impacts the bush.

@victoriahempstead
victoriahempstead.com

Victoria Hempstead
Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus), 2020
mild steel, water (evaporated), salt, resin
120 x 120 cm
$A5,500 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Victoria Hempstead to learn more about her art.

Victoria Hempstead
Red Stringybark II (Eucalyptus Macrorhyncha), 2020
mild steel, water (evaporated), salt, resin
64.5 x 120 cm
$A3,000 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Victoria Hempstead to learn more about her art.

Victoria Hempstead
Old Man Banksia II (Banksia Serrata), 2020
mild steel, water (evaporated), salt, resin
70 x 50 cm
$A1,800 (Acquired by The Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Victoria Hempstead to learn more about her art.

Victoria Hempstead
River Red Gum III (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis), 2020
mild steel, water (evaporated), salt, resin
120 x 120 cm  
$A5,500 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Victoria Hempstead to learn more about her art.


Mahala Hill

Mahala Hill’s jewel-like sculptures speculate on the resilience of nature in the face of the post-human wasteland that threatens to define a future Planet Earth. The Canberra trained artist wonders who and what will colonise the landscape in the aftermath of human habitation, and likens the apparent spontaneity of these “spectral growths” to her experimentation with the technical limits of ceramic making.

@Mahala_M_Hill
mahalahillceramics.com

Mahala Hill
Spectral Growths I, 2019
bone china, glass, glaze
16 x 28 x 23 cm
$A1,900 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Mahala Hill to learn more about her art.

Mahala Hill
Spectral Growths III, 2020
bone china, glass, glaze, stoneware clay
12 x 11 x 11 cm
$A820 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Mahala Hill to learn more about her art.


Emma Itzstein

The Moonah trees of Victoria’s Coastal Moonah Woodland, some of which are over 300 years old, are endangered and protected. Geelong-based artist Emma Itzstein created this work in early 2020, just as the Covid-19 health crisis was emerging in Australia. It is the first in her Moonah series and is centred on the idea of slowing down and escaping the busyness of everyday life by reconnecting with nature.

@emmaitzstein
emmaitzstein.com

Emma Itzstein
Moonahs (Diptych), 2020
acrylic, gesso, pastel and ink on linen
91 x 61 x 2 cm
$A3,200 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Emma Itzstein to learn more about her art.


George Kennedy

Balfour is an abandoned mining town, isolated deep within the forests of north western Tasmania. Hobart artist George Kennedy is fascinated by the decaying and disappearing traces of human activity around the mine site, where he spends time alone, making countless preparatory sketches. These resulting images aim to capture the process of erasure, as evidence of past lives is gradually swallowed up by nature.

@george.kennedy

George Kennedy
Flight, 2020
one off artist proof, dry point print on Hahnemühle 300gsm
40 x 28 cm
$A500

George Kennedy
Mount Frankland, 2020
one off artist proof, dry point print on Hahnemühle 300gsm
40 x 28 cm
$A500 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact George Kennedy to learn more about his art.

George Kennedy
Reclamation, 2020
one off artist proof, dry point print on Hahnemühle 300gsm
40 x 28 cm
$A500

George Kennedy
Frankland River, 2020
one off artist proof, dry point print on Hahnemühle 300gsm
40 x 28 cm
$A500 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact George Kennedy to learn more about his art.

George Kennedy
Degradation, 2020
one off artist proof, dry point print on Hahnemühle 300gsm
40 x 28 cm
$A500


Katie Stewart

NSW artist Katie Stewart has a close affinity with the sea. She is an avid surfer but, like marine scientists around the world, fears for the future health of our oceans. Focussing on fishing in this series of paintings – which summon nostalgia for simpler times – the artist reflects on how we have for generations depended on nature for sustenance, and how this must change if the human race is to survive.

@ktstewee
@katiebarbarieart

Katie Stewart
Crucify, 2020
oil on linen
38 x 28 x 7.5 cm
$A1,300 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Katie Stewart to learn more about her art.

Katie Stewart
The first catch, 2020
oil on canvas
28 x 30 x 7.5 cm
$A1,300

Katie Stewart
Good Hope, 2020
oil on canvas
25 x 20 x 7.5 cm
$A1,000

Katie Stewart
Blurred fishing party, 2020
oil on canvas
20 x 30 x 7.5 cm
$A1,000 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Katie Stewart to learn more about her art.

Katie Stewart
Untangle the net, 2020
oil on linen
25 x 18 x 5 cm
$A900 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Katie Stewart to learn more about her art.


Joanne Napangardi Wheeler

Joanne Napangardi Wheeler is a Central Australian artist from Ntaria, also known as Hermannsburg. Her family is from the Western and Central Desert lands, and it is stories from these places that she mostly paints. Unlike her famous great-grandfather Albert Namatjira, the artist has a distinctively Aboriginal painting style and takes as her subject matter the traditions of Australia’s First Nations’ people, especially the hunting, gathering, cooking and eating of bush tucker.

@tangentyereartists
towncampdesigns.org.au

Joanne Wheeler
Olden Days at Ntaria, 2020
acrylic on linen
51 x 122 cm
$A1,100 (unstretched) (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Tangentyere Artists to learn more about their art.

Joanne Wheeler
Waterhole Inside Palm Valley, 2020
acrylic on linen
50 x 122 cm
$A1,100 (unstretched) (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Tangentyere Artists to learn more about their art.

Joanne Wheeler
Inside Palm Valley, Olden Time, 2020
acrylic on linen
59 x 121 cm
$A850 (unstretched) (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Tangentyere Artists to learn more about their art.

Joanne Wheeler
Waterhole Inside Palm Valley, Early Mission Days, 2020
acrylic on linen
88 x 88 cm
$A1,400 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Tangentyere Artists to learn more about their art.


Myles Young 

These paintings are of fictional places collaged together from memory and observation. Artist Myles Young is struck by the uniquely bright colours, intense sunlight and diverse natural forms of the Australian landscape. Each painting is conceived as an amalgamated 24-hour view of a vaguely recognisable place, with each mark representing the movement of animals, snakes and insects, and changes in light and wind direction.

@myles.paint
mylesyoung.com.au

Myles Young
Lively Sky Above Cross Park, 2020
oil and acrylic on canvas
122 x 152 x 3 cm
$A4,850 (SOLD)

This piece has been sold. Contact Myles Young to learn more about his art.

Myles Young
Shortcut to Widefield, 2020
oil and acrylic on canvas
92 x 102 x 3 cm
$A3,450 (Acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection)

This piece has been sold. Contact Myles Young to learn more about his art.