Jenny Gordon takes a moment to reflect on her daughter's artwork (Rosie Call) which won the People's Choice Award at the Regional Art Gallery. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Jenny Gordon takes a moment to reflect on her daughter's artwork (Rosie Call) which won the People's Choice Award at the Regional Art Gallery. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Looking Rosie for local artist in Hurford Hardwood prize

ROSIE CALL has beaten six hundred entries to receive the $1000 People's Choice Award at the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize on display at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Her portrait of brother, Ben Gordon, drummer for internationally recognised Byron Bay based band, Parkway Drive, is a highly detailed true-to-life scale charcoal portrait.

Rosie said the image represented a moment of reflection and possibly even 'vulnerability' in her brother.

She said it was not something normally seen in the life of the touring rock star.

"It is truly an honour to win the People's Choice Award and to be part of such a wonderful and important portrait prize for the community,"she said.

"Thank you to everyone who voted for me, I am so grateful for the acknowledgement."

Rosie Call received the The Andrew And Jeni Binns Emerging Artist Award in 2010.

Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said that the work was of an incredibly high technical calibre.

"Viewers are captured by the penetrating gaze of the subject, at odds with his more public persona," he said.

Brett said that the 55 artworks on display at the Gallery covered a range of mediums including portraiture, video, sculpture.

"Its the first year we have opened it up Australia wide and it has provided a more diverse experience which allows local artists to exhibit alongside some of the best in the country."

Far North Coast Law Society sponsored the People's Choice Award and treasurer Sean Radburn said they were proud to support the Lismore Regional Gallery in this way.

"The prize is a major contributor to the cultural life of the region, and is a great way for us to contribute to a richer community," he said.



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