Yacht race inspires Go Art Exhibition winner
A YACHT race on the Clarence was the inspiration for the $1000 Go Art Exhibition winner, Regatta, from Maclean artist Malcolm King.
The exhibition, with more than 340 exhibits, was held over the three days of the long weekend in the Grafton High School multi-purpose centre.
"I painted this after I was in a regatta with Colin Pritchard," Mr King said.
"I sailed years ago and it was such good fun being on the water on such a beautiful day, blazing along."
Mr King said he had been print making and Regatta was one of his recent forays into painting.
"It's a look at the roots of modernism and recalls the work of Fauves Robert and Sonia Delaunay," he said.
"It's a combination of that movement and another art movement called Orphism.
"In the end it's a work where I love working with colour."
Mr King said he loved becoming involved with Go Art as it recalled his time in the 1980s working on murals at Maclean High School.
"We worked with the school with funding from the Australia Council," he said.
"It's amazing that two of these murals are still at the school."
There were some remarkable works from the student entrants, including the winning landscape from McAuley Catholic College student Brayden Jamieson.
He said he was surprised to win the award with that painting.
He thought a pop-art inspired portrait of his mother as the parent of a super hero was his best work.
South Grafton High School Year 12 student Orion Bailey's hopes of a career in the arts appear well founded.
He entered two works into the open section, picking up a second prize and $75 for his pencil drawing of a 70s Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car.
In addition to the prizes, Mr Bailey also sold two of his works, including a small pencil drawing called Rhino.
Go Art co-ordinator Richard Green said this year's exhibition had been the best yet and would boost the Grafton High School P&C's coffers.