Bulli watercolour wonder wins $10,000 art prize

Art prize program director John Monteleone with the winning work, Glasshouse, by artist Ebony Eden. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Art prize program director John Monteleone with the winning work, Glasshouse, by artist Ebony Eden. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Bulli's Ebony Eden has won the largest prize for watercolour painting in Australia.

Announced at Wollongong Art Gallery on Friday night, Ms Eden won the national James Kiwi Contemporary Watercolour Prize worth $10,000, from entrants across Australia.

Woonona's Helen Bromwich won the $2000 Traditional Watercolour Prize, a local biennial competition.

James Kiwi was a watercolour painter who donated a prize fund so a competition could be established in 1992.

Art prize program director John Monteleone and judge Glenn Barkley both said all work was of a high calibre.

"There was an overwhelming response of entries and it will hopefully, get everyone involved and will be well received by the public," Mr Monteleone said.

He said both competitions opened up the watercolour medium to traditional painters and artists who wanted to experiment with the form.

Mr Barkley judged both competitions and suggested all work should be exhibited.

"I felt that although I could give a prize to the winner, making a smaller selection of works is not really fair - I say a full show is a good show!" he said.

"I want to congratulate both winners, who showed that they have an eye on the potential of watercolour."

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