Leah Fraser Selected for Blake Prize
Leah Fraser, The Strange Wings of Impossible Butterflies, acrylic on polyester canvas, 128 x 92 cm
Arthouse Gallery’s Leah Fraser has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2014 Blake Prize with her poignant, whimsical painting The Strange Wings of Impossible Butterflies. This year's judges were the Director of Artspace, Alexie Glass-Kantor, noted artist, Anne Ferran, and University of Sydney theologian, Dr Alex Norman.
Now in its sixty-third year, the Blake Prize encourages Australian artists to create and partake in artistic dialogues between art, religion and spirituality. Founded by Jesuit priest Michael Scott and Jewish businessman Richard Morley in 1951, the Prize is named after British artist and poet William Blake, whose visionary imagination and artistic innovations cast him as an outsider in his day.
Fraser’s evocative painting The Strange Wings of Impossible Butterflies conjures quiet contemplation about the spirit world by hinting at a harmonic affiliation between spirituality and the natural world. Hand-in-hand and guided by a shadow spirit, two figures wade through a jungle river alongside butterflies, birds, fish and reptiles, each in silent union with one another.
Finalists in the 2014 Blake Prize will be exhibited at Galleries UNSW, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, and works selected for the touring exhibition will be exhibited in locations around Australia.