Andrew wins People's Choice Award in the Cancer Outpatients Appeal Acquisitive Art Competiton

April 28 was the closing date for voting in the COA Acquisitive Art Awards Peoples’ Choice. The judges battled their way through a box full of voting slips and after counting all the votes they announced Andrew Antoniou as the winner with his entry, a watercolour entitled “Motherland”.

Andrew is a local artist. He is a consumate draughtsman whose body of work of drawings, paintings and etchings are in a narrative style drawn from  memory, imagination and symbolism to create his images. Andrew has won many competitions for his drawings and prints, including as a finalist on several occasions in the prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, and has works in the National Art Gallery in Canberra as well as galleries around the world.

When I asked Andrew about his source of  inspiration for this artwork he said,”  I liked the theme of “Journeys and Horizons” in this context and wanted to interpret the theme away from the literal and to incorporate a sense of adventure rather than being sentimental. For cancer patients every day becomes an adventure, even though it may not be a typical one as we would normally understand the term. This work is about people, not places, and the story is reflected in the narrative which depicts a sense of that adventure and the harmony between people, animals and plants.

“It’s very rare that local artists get an opportunity like this to showcase their work for such a worthwhile project, so all thanks go to the Cancer Outpatients Appeal for initiating these awards and supporting the local art community.”

There was a total of sixteen winning entries which will hang in the accommodation units at the new Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre being built in Nowra and which will open in 2013.

Dee Carrington, President of the Appeal said,”Our congratulations go to Andrew for winning the Peoples’ Choice Award and to all the local artists who participated in this competition. We achieved our objective to acquire a body of work that reflects the wealth of creative talent in our community and we are proud to know these works will provide enjoyment and pleasure for cancer patients and a link to home when they stay in the accommodation units while undergoing their treatment.”