Robyn Sweaney Winner of the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize in the Mosman Art Prize
Congratulations to the amazing Robyn Sweaney for taking out the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize in the Mosman Art Prize for her stunning painting ’The promise' (acrylic on linen, 84 x 104 cm) pictured above. The subject for the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize was 'the built environment.'
Sweaney’s recent work traverses notions of travel, distance and the unknown. Drawing from her annual road trips heading west from the northern NSW coast, the artist captures the experience of being lost in the Australian landscape. Meandering through small towns and inland cities precipitates new ways of seeing suburban life, enabling her to forge imagined narratives to the hazy backdrop of other people’s lives. ‘The unease that the journey can bring returns me to a more innocent self […] The white line on the road connects me to the place I have come from to where I am heading’ says Sweaney, reflecting on how relinquishing routines and familiar environs carries her imagination through the fading past to a lingering future.