Craig Waddell

The Darkness That Lies Within - Cape Grim, 2016

oil on canvas

140 x 120cm

From the artist

I try to place myself in areas, both physically and spiritually, that ask questions about identity, isolation and mortality. Cape Grim is a site that I have returned to many times. The dark beauty that surrounds this area has both a disturbing and magnetic energy to it. Reading about the history of this area and drawing from this area has been the platform for the emotive response within my painting.

Judges Comments

It is a feat to make a work that sits right on the line between the paint and the subject. This work encapsulates the freedom and confidence of handling the medium from point of view of the artist’s real experience. It is a physical engagement with the landscape.

Artist background

Born Sydney 1973. Exhibiting primarily in Sydney and Brisbane since late 1990s. Winner Mosam Art Prize 2010. Highly commended in Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2016. Finalist in Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize 2016; Sulman, AGNSW 2013; Archibald 2012 & 2006; Wynne 2012 & 2005; Blake 2005; Fleurieu Art Prize 2011; and Doug Moran Portraiture Prize 2011.Residency at Moya Dyring ANSW Cité International des Arts Paris 2007/08.Lloyd Rees Memorial Award 2000. Recipient of Pat Corrigan Travelling Scholarship 1998.

Represented by Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane