Emma Walker Wins JADA
Emma Walker, Keys Bridge in Flood, charcoal, graphite, pencil & pastel, 150 x 200 cm
Arthouse Gallery’s Emma Walker has won the $20,000 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), becoming the first regional artist to take out the prestigious award and the second female artist to win in 16 years of JADA.
For judge and Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald, Walker’s ambitions, experimental style and heavily worked aesthetic separated her from the fifty finalists, who were selected from three hundred and forty five entries from artists all across Australia.
The winning work, titled Keys Bridge in Flood, came about after Walker ‘attacked’ the paper with charcoal, venting her frustration: "I was having a bad moment and I took it out on the paper.” The drawing oscillates between pure abstraction and representational landscape, and the glowing pockets of light provide a respite for the viewer from the thickets of furious charcoal lines.
Walker’s winning drawing is on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery, along with the other finalists, from 17 October to 7 December 2014.