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The Dobell Prize for Drawing finalists 

FRIDAY 20 AUGUST at 12 noon
Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Dobell Prize for Drawing is one of the most coveted art awards in Australia. Initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Prize was first awarded in 1993.

The judge of the 2004 Dobell Prize is eminent Australian artist John Olsen. The winner of this year's Prize will be announced on Friday 20 August at 12 noon.

The Dobell Prize for Drawing has always been the subject of discussion and debate about the nature of drawing. What constitutes a drawing is however deliberately not outlined in the conditions of entry. That has been left for competing artists to define by their practice and for each individual judge, annually appointed by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, to determine in the process of looking at all the entries. This flexible, open-minded approach has ensured that the greatest variety of drawings is submitted each year.

A condition of the Dobell Prize for Drawing is that the Art Gallery of New South Wales automatically acquires prize-winning drawings. In addition to the winning works a number of drawings by selected finalists have been gifted to the Gallery or purchased. In all there are 26 drawings in the collection acquired as a result of the Dobell Prize, which now forms a growing collection of contemporary Australian drawing.

The 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing finalists

Andrew Antoniou

Night Watch

Godwin Bradbeer

Illustration 23. The Book of Mercy

Tom Carment

Burnt Bush, McCarr's Creek

Judy Cassab

Rainbow Valley Dark

Tony Costa

Portrait / Study for Greg Hansell

Tim Courtney

Plaster composition

David Fairbairn

Auto-Portrait No. 3

John Fitzgibbon

Believe in me

Graham Fransella

Figures at lakeside

Hong Fu

Portrait of Angela

Joe Furlonger

Arcadia Valley drawing

Jody Graham


Philip Hannaford

Still Life

Cherry Hood


Wayne Howard


Arthur James

Alfresco evening on Miller

Anne Judell


Peter Kingston

Galmara � Far North Queensland

Max Linegar

Strangways Terrace

Raelene Marr


Bettina McMahon

The descent of the Eumenides

Max Miller

Studies from Communities � Elcho Island and Lockhardt River

Sallie Moffatt

Croajingalong, Nov. '03

Nikolas Mourtzakis


Daniel Moynihan

Celtic Tool Tiger

David Rose

Angophoras at Wyrrabalong

Annette Russell


Paul Schacher

Vigil for my father

Wendy Sharpe

My grandfather and I on Mile End Road (London)

Garry Shead

Colloquy with John Keats

Andrew Sibley

Outside the Arena (Meet the Family series)

Craig Waddell

Hua Muu

John Winch

Artist Boxes II

Gosia Wlodarczak


The Dobell Prize for Drawing

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