CHArtchibald winner’s labour of love

Frances Joyce captured a powerful pose of Natalie Cole in her CHArtchibald Prize winning piece. The award was announced on Friday at Time Out on Emmett during the Art About Town street festival. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Art. A striking portrait of empowerment and decadence by Frances Joyce has won the annual CHArtchibald Prize.

On Friday, the month of Art About Town started with a street festival in Smithton where people could wander the main street to view this year’s entries before the prize winners were announced at Time Out on Emmett.

One of 15 entries in the competition, Joyce’s powerful portrait of close friend Natalie Cole earned the $1000 prize. Her second entry, a portrait of local photographer Jocelyn Flint also received adoration from the public.

A late entry to the competition, Joyce described the process of creating the piece as a being a “labour of love”.

After photographing her subject, Joyce sketched the image onto canvas before adding three dimensional elements to give an unusual effect. Gluing on materials, including an old bath towel, the canvas was primed before Joyce could begin the detailing process.

Joyce said she often enlists Cole as her subject, a process they are both familiar with and enjoy.

“I love painting, the whole creation process,” she says, adding she hoped to capture an unrealistically decadent lifestyle in the portrait.

Though this is the first CHArtchibald Prize for Joyce, it is not her first entry having won the public vote in the past for a portrait of her father Don Joyce and another of Len Gaby.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to support Art About Town and to see the talent that we have here in Circular Head.”

The Art About Town competition winners were also announced throughout the evening with 80 entries received across the youth and open categories.

Ten Days on the Island committee member Stephanie Jaensch judged the pieces earlier in the week before awarding the prize winners on the night.

In awe of the works adorning cafe walls and shop windows, she congratulated Circular Head Council and Circular Head Arts for the successful event.

“To be able to showcase artwork in a town like this . . . being able to celebrate art in bakeries, clothes stores, pop-up shops, wherever is just wonderful.”

In open photography, Phillip Wise placed first for ‘Seven Mile Beach Dusk’, second place went to Jocelyn Flint for ‘Walker Crossing’ and judges’ commendations went to Flint for ‘Spring Glass of Water’ and Cassie Casey for ‘Play Time’.

In youth photography, Max Arnold placed first for ‘Rainy Day’ while Casey placed second and third went to Teleah Woulleman for ‘Beakers with Colour’. Judges’ commendations went to Hannah Kingston and Callum Smith for ‘Floating Pink Cloud’ and ‘Rock Pools, Dawn’.

Emma Berechree placed first in open art for ‘Simple Pleasures’, second went Roz Heathorn with ‘Water Shadows’ and a judges’ commendation to Kerrie Fraser for ‘Bluff Devonport’.

Amy Spinks earned first place in youth art with ‘Water Droplets’, second went to Charlie Young for ‘Autumn Flow’, third to Deegan Smedley for ‘Swordfish’ and judges’ commendations to Zeritu Heres and Macy Poke for ‘Sunday on the Beach’ and ‘Wind Swept’.

In open writing Brenda North placed first with Rain while second went to Lesley Bonnefin for Memories and a judges’ commendation was given to Alice Langridge for Water.

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