Proving that plein air painting is anything but plain are the 42 finalists in this years' NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize; the annual landscape painting prize that celebrates the many unique urban, rural and natural landscapes of New South Wales.
Centennial Park, Manly, the Central Coast, Bathurst, Jervis Bay, the Hunter Valley, Thredbo, Coffs Harbour, Shoalhaven, Hill End, Lithgow, Yass and Berry are just some of the areas that have been captured on the canvasses of our finest plein air painters.
The free public exhibition is on display from now until the 28 October, with the winner to be announced on Wednesday 12 October. With the support of Telstra, the winning artist will be awarded a $20,000 cash prize, while their work will become part of the Parliament's permanent collection of fine art.
This years' judge is David Hulme, who has the unenviable task of selecting a winner from this exceptional group of Australian paintings. Who do you think will win? Visit the exhibition and choose a winner for yourself!
Entry is free, with doors open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Visit www.pleinair.com.au for more information.
Image: Detail from '29th June at 12 Noon' by Gina Bruce