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Every year the Omnia Art Prize invites a guest artist to present a small solo exhibition

2022 Feature Artist – Carlo Golin

Carlo Golin, Limited edition print

Carlo Golin is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist who has been making and teaching art for more than 40 years.

Carlo challenges our perspectives on everyday objects by revealing their mysterious and dramatic qualities . With a love for perishable subject matter, Carlo’s works consider how “things are at their most beautiful when they gradually cease to exist.” This can be seen in his body of work presented as part of Omnia Art Prize 2022.

Carlo says, “When arranged, soft collisions occur, weights compete, areas bruise. Decay will alter shape, colour and texture. Inevitably gravity creates an instance, a stillness, which I try to tap into.”

Carlo Golin holds a degree in Fine Arts majoring in Painting and Printmaking from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His painting, photography, printmaking & sculpture are held in private and public collections across Australia.

2021 Feature Artist, 50th Anniversary – Andrew Taylor

Images by photographer Sean Fennesy.

As a St Kevin’s old boy, Melbourne artist Andrew Taylor was the perfect choice to feature as our guest artist for the golden anniversary edition of the St Kevin’s Art Show in 2021.

Taylor is well known for his lustrous paintings, developed through years of close observation of his immediate environment. His works capture moments of lived experience, depicting small pleasures such as the view through an open window, or a simple arrangement of blooms. Created using many layers of paint combined with metallic pigments, Taylor develops sumptuous works which capture light and lightness, inviting us to commune with elements of nature at their highest order.

Andrew Taylor has had more than 20 solo exhibitions in a career spanning three decades. After graduating from St Kevin’s in 1984, he went on to study painting at VCA before commencing a career as a full-time painter. He has been shortlisted for various award exhibitions including the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize in 2018.

2019 Feature Artist – Wayne Viney

Wayne Viney, Summer Evening, monotype

Melbourne artist Wayne Viney is represented by Australian Galleries, and is a highly regarded printmaker who is best known for producing monotypes which explore notions of light and the romantic sublime. Through gentle yet rich tonal variations, Viney captures moments of intense splendour, hinting at the landscape whilst projecting a kind of religious divinity.

In a career spanning decades, Viney has had more than 20 solo exhibitions. He was recognised in 2013-14 by a retrospective exhibition of his monotypes, Singular Impressions, which toured to regional galleries in Victoria.

Viney’s works have been included in significant art prizes and acquired by galleries Australia-wide such as the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Parliament House, Canberra, and the private collection of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch among others.

2018 Feature Artist – David Frazer

David Frazer, The Text, 2016, linocut, 82 x 69cm
David Frazer, The Text Message, 2016, linocut, 82x69cm

David Frazer is one of Australia’s most well-known printmakers. His narrative driven works are both lyrical and complex, addressing many of the social quandaries of contemporary culture. His work examines existential issues and personal relationships, referring both to companionship and solitude, often using a male protagonist for dramatic effect.

Frazer’s highly detailed and technically driven work is instantly recognizable, making him a favourite among art collectors. His practice spans more than 30 years and in that time he has had more than 35 solo exhibitions and been included in more than 50 curated group shows. His works are held in four state galleries, along with regional galleries and university collections in every state.

2017 Feature Artist – Deborah Klein

Deborah Klein, Euchloron Megaera Moth Mask
Deborah Klein, Euchloron Megaera Moth Mask, 2007, oil stick on paper, 76x56cm

Ballarat based artist Deborah Klein exhibited a series of small paintings and larger linocuts and other prints as part of her solo exhibition within the St Kevin’s Art Show. Her work on paper Euchloron Megaera Moth Mask (pictured), was generously offered as the raffle prize. This wonderful work (in oil stick) is part of an ongoing series titled ‘unnatural history illustrations’ that continue a thematic investigation into the mask as shield.

Klein is interested in the role her own themes play in myth and how this translates to contemporary culture.

Having received numerous awards over a 30 year career, Klein is represented in public and university collections throughout Australia.

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