Congratulations to Edward Woodley (Australia)
who has won the 2019 Stencil Art Prize
Congratulations to Edward Woodley from Sydney who has won the 2019 Stencil Art Prize with his artwork ‘Eternal Spirit – 2’.
The artwork is stencilled enamel paint on brass sheeting which was then hand bent & distorted, to add a three dimensional quality to the work. Edwards artwork was adapted from a larger artwork into a one panel format and exhibited in the Stencil Art Prize as a new and standalone artwork.
The judges, Tristan Chant and Jess Scully () described the artwork as beautiful, tactile and unlike any other stencil artworks they had ever seen.
“It’s having a conversation with street art in a way we haven’t seen before. It almost feels like it could have been pulled off the side of a train, it literally reflects stencil art and gives reference to tagging, and graffiti through its use of typography” commented the judges.
Founder and Owner of the Stencil Art Prize, Jacinta Fintan describes the artwork as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘exciting’. “This year marks the 10thStencil Art Prize and Edward Woodleys artwork has pushed the boundaries of what people in the stencil community have typically accepted as stencil art.”
As an artist, Edward has participated in over 30 group shows, 4 collaboration shows (with Mark Drew, Michael Sharp, and Mark Whalen), and produced 9 solo exhibitions. He is also the cofoudner and curator of China Heights Gallery, where his artist studio is located.
Woodley’s artwork explores ‘popular culture’; and utilises a diverse range of multi-media to portray these themes. His past installations have employed the usage of; painting, stencilling, printing (silk-screen & digital), photography, sculpture, video, and endurance performance.
Currently, Woodley draws inspiration from the modern American painters such as Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg; and his work closely inspects the architecture of typography, and explores Itten’s theory of composite colours.
Three artists were selected as Highly Commendeds: Flox (NZ) with ‘Fantastical Fantails’, MEZK (Mexico) with ‘The Son of Graffiti’ and Moz (Italy) with ‘Mind Freeing’.