Media Release: “Powerful image” of free speech advocate Peter Greste takes out the 2022 Clayton Utz Art Award

08 Sep 2022
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Dr Larsson also awarded Highly Commended to three works:

  • Always Passing Us By (oil on canvas): Matt James - “(Matt) captures the dynamism and life of the Brisbane River” with “frenetic, and busy brushstrokes
  • Proximal Noise (etching): Carolyn Craig - a fantastic series” that is “playful, performative
  • Bell with Kath the Chook (oil on board): Miranda Hine – “(the work) captures quite a lovely intimate moment in the chaos of the past couple of years

Amy Bridge’s portrait of her Samoyed dog, Pure Joy (pencil, watercolour, ink on paper), won the People’s Choice Award, as voted by our Brisbane partners and employees.

Clayton Utz Brisbane partner-in-charge Scott Sharry congratulated Glenn, Matt, Carolyn, Miranda and Amy on their recognition.

Our people really look forward every year to seeing the artworks up close and being able to appreciate the diversity of the styles and subject matter. They prompt many curious conversations and are always a talking point with our clients.  

There were 42 finalists for this year’s Award, selected from 282 entries.  The finalists’ works will be on display in the reception area and meeting rooms on Level 28 of the Clayton Utz Brisbane office for the next 12 months.

Freedom Fighter artwork 


Brisbane-based photographer Glenn Hunt has won the $20,000 2022 Clayton Utz Art Award with his photographic portrait of Australian journalist Peter Greste, titled Freedom Fighter.

Award judge Dr Chari Larsson (senior lecturer in art history and theory at the Queensland College of Art) described the work as a “powerful image” that was reminiscent of the portrait paintings of 17th century northern Europe: “Portraits by artists such as Rembrandt were famous for their inky, dark light and I think (Glenn) has managed to capture this moodiness.”

Clayton Utz Art Award

Now in its 15th year, the Clayton Utz Art Award is an initiative to encourage, reward and promote artists with a Queensland base or connection to Queensland. 

As always, we acknowledge and thank Brett Lethbridge and Lethbridge Gallery for their efforts in co-ordinating and managing the Award.

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