It is interesting to work out how many kilometres each piece travels during it’s exhibiting lifetime. Some paintings travel long distances and visit several destinations, while other paintings are sold on their very first viewing. Some can be exhibited over several exhibitions and then take out a major prize when least expected.
Carmen and I have had some small successes in the last 6 months with our work being selected in different exhibitions, so our paintings have been travelling up and down the coast as well as inland to hang on regional art gallery walls.
In mid March I was advised, my painting titled ‘Katherine Gorge – NT’ had been selected as a finalist in the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize, so this painting travelled 1,360 km to reach the gallery wall in Winton and is due to do the return journey any day now.
Both Carmen and I exhibited in the Mackay Art on Show 2019 with Carmen receiving a Commended award with her painting ‘The Dry Dam’. This painting had previously been exhibited in our joint exhibition in Brisbane in February, so it had travelled 1,230 km to and from Brisbane before making the journey to Mackay, another 336 km north of Rockhampton and then returned to Rockhampton, a total of 1,900 km. Let’s not even discuss the costs of sending work all around the state.
Other news is that Carmen had her painting ‘Tracks to the Bore’ selected in the Bayton Awards 2019 at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and having not travelled outside Rockhampton, this glorious new painting, sold, with a total travelling distance of only a few kilometres.
You just never know what journey you or your art will take.
Joanne and Carmen