2012 Winner – Formative by Ralf Kempken (Australia)
Melbourne-based stencil artist Ralf Kempken won the Australian Stencil Art Prize with his amazing three dimensional, multi-layered stencil titled Formative.
Created using a number of painstakingly prepared, hand-carved paper stencils produced using a simple scalpel, the winning work is an engaging optical illusion as well as an engrossing work of art. Intended as daily reminders that we have a conscious choice in how to look at the world around us, the artist’s screens filter all we see through past experiences and memories. An evolution of the stencil as a tool to produce a painting, Kempken’s unique creations turn the stencil into the artwork itself.
Ralf has been cutting and spraying multi layered stencils for years. From portraiture, iconic Melbourne cafes and modernist architecture, the stencil is used to spray images in countless variations. All work is hand cut into paper, acetate, canvas or timber. With some outside help they can also be cut into steel. Ralf has been exhibiting continuously since 2001.
The Australian Stencil Art Prize exhibited rom the 21 November – 2 December 2012 at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown in Sydney’s Innerwest. 38 stencil artists from around Australia were selected as finalists for the Prize.
*NB From 2009 – 2012 the Prize was Australian artists only