Media release: Gerwyn Davies wins 2023 Clayton Utz Art Award for piece that "defies logic"

21 Sep 2023
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Photographer Gerwyn Davies has won the 2023 Clayton Utz Art Award with his piece 'Resort'. He walks away with $20,000 to help him continue his passion. 

Award judge Sam Cranstoun described the work as "both sculptural and painterly". He said: "Gerwyn Davies’ use of photography seemingly extends far beyond the medium’s capabilities. His dizzying use of colour, composition, light, shape and texture simultaneously confront the viewer with familiar scenes and entirely new experiences. These encounters defy logic and spark wonder."

The three runners up were:

  • Carolyn Craig for "Mimetic Remediation_My Mother Left This Behind"
  • Lindy Sale for "One Day"
  • Jooli Gibbs for "Meet the Bells"

Clayton Utz Brisbane partner-in-charge Scott Sharry congratulated Gerwyn, Carolyn, Lindy, Jooli and all 42 finalists.

“For the last 16 years this event is one of the highlights on the Clayton Utz Brisbane calendar. We are proud to support emerging artists with a connection to Queensland and congratulate all our finalists as well as the winner Gerwyn Davies and our People's Choice winner, Erica Miller."

The finalists work 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.

Clayton Utz Art Award

The Clayton Utz Art Award, now in its 16th year, is an initiative to encourage, reward and promote Queensland artists.

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

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