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Jon Campbell, Dream team, 2012 (detail), enamel paint on plywood, 22 paintings, installation (variable): 300 x 300 cm. © Courtesy the artist, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne; and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Greg Creek, 2nd opposition (Vladimir Putin and Ian Thorpe), 2012, mixed media on paper, cut paper, installation: 160 x 300 cm. © Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy
Christian Thompson, To make you feel this way, 2012, type C photograph, 120 x 120 cm, edition of 10. © Courtesy the artist, Chalk Horse, Sydney; and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
The Basil Sellers Art Prize encourages a dynamic and critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia.
Sport has been a recurring theme in Australian art. For contemporary artists today, sport touches upon anything from everyday life through to globalisation, from the concrete experience of a game through to abstract notions like cheating and fair play. Sport is about winners and losers, individuals and teams, rules and penalties, equipment and architecture, fans and souvenirs, triumphs and scandals.
The prize encourages contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport past and present, and to contribute to critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia.
This exhibition presents sculpture, painting, photography and drawing by contemporary Australian artists shortlisted for the third biennial award, which offers $100,000 for a single outstanding work of art.
The Basil Sellers Art Prize was awarded to Jon Campbell for his multi-panel painting Dream team (2012).