The Emma Hack Art Prize is a $5000 acquisitive art prize for all South Australian based artists from any discipline, with a yearly theme.


All purchased works are to be collected from the venue after the exhibition conclusion
Tuesday 24th March at 5pm.


'I would love to thank every SA based artist for entering the Emma Hack Art Prize this year. We had had a total of 195 entries and I was so proud viewing each of them, of what talent we have here in SA.


The works created are emotionally evocative works, fun twists on the 'Real or Surreal?' theme and well thought-out, truly beautiful works. I congratulate the 34 finalists of 2017.


I do hope you all join to celebrate and support those that made it through at the launch on Thursday, 23rd February, 6pm at Burnside Village.'

- Emma





Margaret Ambridge

Artwork Statement

Rose’s delirium had deepened. She wasn’t in the room with me anymore, she was in another place, a place I couldn’t go to or share with her.

She’d wrapped her blanket into a frenetic ball on her chest. It reminded me of a rose – but it wasn’t a hallucination, it existed outside her mind, it was real and intense, and shared the room with a vase of dying roses. They were shriveled and just as chaotic as the folds in her blanket. Rose’s blanket and her dying flowers sat in disquieting juxtaposition to each other.

She had painted a surreal image for me. I wondered what image her mind was painting for her, and whether she would think it was real, and, if she came back, would she remember?


Title: Rose's Delirium
Description: Drawing diptych
Dimensions: 160 x 80cm
Material: Charcoal on paper
Year: 2017
Price: $3000




JA Arnott

Artwork Statement
This work is an original oil painting presented on Belgian canvas and is created in the traditional method with a grisaille underpainting finally sealed with an archival quality varnish.

Our imagination acts as a bridge for all of life's desires and allow us to peek into the unknown. This work opens our mind to new myths and dreams and we may ask is it real or surreal, perhaps even a mythical vision of the world.

Title: Homer tends his garden
Dimensions: 61 x 84 cm
Material: Oil on Belgian canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $1680




Lucy Bonnin

Artwork Statement
The liquid gallium on natural elements evokes a visceral feeling of being tarnished. This is a modern take on still life using old dutch techniques.

Title: Garlic in Gallium
Description: Garlic Dipped in Gallium
Dimensions: 52 x 68cm
Material: Oil on board
Year: 2016
Price: $1800




Donovan Christie

Artwork Statement
Reflection is perception. What everyone sees in everyday life is not always what it seems. These are not just two giant metal balls, in actuality they are a surreal reflection of our own individual reality.

Description: Reflection is perception. What everyone sees in everyday life isnt always what it seems. People may only see two silver balls, however my objective is to make everyone look a little closer at the things we grace past on a day to day basis. These are not just giant metal globes, in actuality they are a surreal reflection of our reality.

Title: The Sphere And The Labyrinth
Dimensions: 75 x 75cm
Material: Oil On Canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $3141.59




Andrew Clarke

Artwork Statement
The submitted work is a meditation upon the vicissitudes of share house living dramatized through the medium of the grand narrative painting

Theatricality is juxtaposed with the mundane of everyday life and utilitarian objects are given agency as they take on a narrative intent. The moments depicted are of banality and boredom, dramatized and at a monumental scale.


Title: They all had their own opinion as to the best means of investigating Heisenber
Description: They all had their own opinion as to the best means of investigating Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
Dimensions: 100x134cm
Material: oil on canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $3500



Antonio Clemente


Artwork Statement

The Life of Others #7 had its genesis in a recent trip to Vietnam. Sitting in a café that overlooked the bustling landscape of Hanoi, five minutes became a lifetime. I realised in that timeless place, that I was immersing myself in others’ imagined lives as a way of disconnecting aspects of my own selfhood. It was an imagined alternative, where I could place myself, and others, at will.


Title: The Life of Others
Description: All the photographic images in the layered digital print are from my travels. Disassociation of context is achieved by using analogue and digital acts of collage. In this way, I am the mediator of others’ lives. Dimensions: 59.4 x 42cm
Material: Unique State Digital Print
Year: 2017
Price: $1300




Jasmine Crisp


Artist Statement

I wondered why he stayed awake so long after sunset.
He always said he did 'nothing'.
I never believed 'nothing' was possible.
I suppose I'll never know if I keep falling asleep.


Title: The (over) Thinker
Dimensions125 x 125cm
Material: Oil on circular panels.
Year: 2017
Price: $760






Jasmine Dixon


Artwork Statement

This oil painting depicts a man in front of a blue, cloud-filled sky wearing a shirt filled with 90s computer desktop icons. Encircling his head is a pink/purple halo.

Using realistic subjects in conjunction with abstract, unconventional backgrounds I aim to create disjointed and interesting effects and, in this case, reflect my brother’s joyful personality and love of technology.


Title: Ninety Seven
Description: man set against a cloud filled sky with pink halo and desktop icon shirt
Dimensions: 61 x 76cm
Material: oil on wood panel
Year: 2017
Price: $1750







Sonja Durmanovic


Artwork Statement

Surreal: fantastic; dreamlike. In a world where social media has asserted its dominance, we have changed our profiles from fact to fantasy. Each image, word, and 'like' carefully curated so as to paint a picture to others of the dreamlike self we wish to project. The lines between who we are and who we pretend to be blur with each tweak of reality. Is our social media presence Real or Surreal?


Title: Blurring The Lines
Description: This painting explores the surreal nature of the content of our carefully curated social media profiles where the lines between our actual selves and the surreal self we wish to project become so blurred as to be indistinguishable
Dimensions: 61 x 76cm
Material: Oil on Stretched Canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $900




Zoe Freney


Artwork Statement

This is an exploration of the phenomenology of motherhood, a state of being in the world when life becomes a kind of circus, and the balancing act is the hardest trick of all.


Title: Part Of The Furniture
Dimensions: 91 x 61 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $900





Leah Grace


Artwork Statement

This piece is from a body of work entitled 'A closer walk with thee'. The work examines internal and external relationships and real and imagined notions of romance and separation.


Title: A Closer Walk With Thee
Description: this work is an exploration through mixed media of internal and external relationships, of emotional sustainability and of the ultimate relationship with the self.
Dimensions 50 x 25 x 15cm
Material: vintage shoes, chocolate foil wrapper, acrylic paint, paperback cover, cartridge paper, scratchboard
Year: 2016
Price: $1200




Tsering Hannaford


Artwork Statement

My piece is a statement about the condition of the world’s bee populations. The decline in numbers of bees has wide reaching effects on the environment, including our food supply. These changes certainly are real... without proper attention and action regarding our natural environment and farming methods, serious changes may come to pass all too quickly, with devastating consequences.


Title: Vanitas
Dimensions 30 x 50cm
Material: Oil on Board
Year: 2016
Price: $2750





Scott Hartshorne


Artwork Statement

My work seeks to hold up a mirror to overlooked flora, inviting close scrutiny. But on inspection these scarlet blooms on this small native bush seem voluptuously uncanny. Even its name is surreal… Cocky’s Tongue.


Title: Cocky's Tongue
Description: Templetonia retusa, Cocky’s Tongue from Mount Thisby, Kangaroo Island.
Dimensions: 85.5 x 128cm
Material: Oil and alkyd on primed Elite canvas panel
Year: 2016
Price: $2950





Patrick Heath


Artwork Statement

This combination of familiar and imagined forms references the collage and free association techniques pioneered by early Surrealist artists such as Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, who used the splicing and recombination of seemingly unrelated objects/images as a means of deconstructing reality.


Title: Parsnip Variations
Description: 4 x freestanding small scale sculpture
Dimensions: 70 x 75 x 20 cm
Material: cast and polished plaster
Year: 2017
Price: $600





Leah Jeffries


Artwork Statement

Every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future. Ruth Handler, Mattel, the creator of Barbie, 1977.


The original Barbie was a remake of a sex toy gag gift inspired by a saucy high-end call girl named Lilli, a character in a German comic strip. In 1956, at the time that Ruth purchased the doll while on vacation, it was making its way into children’s hands in Germany, but it was still primarily marketed to men.


Title: Who am I?
Dimensions: 73 x 160cm
Material: Oil on supported Masonite board
Year: 2017
Price: $1400






Ellie Kammer


Artwork Statement

Endometriosis is a common yet widely misunderstood disease. 'Endometriosis (Shadowed)' highlights the taboo symptoms of Endometriosis - exposing the internal and secret effects of the affliction in a real and unapologetic manner.


Title: Endometriosis (Shadowed)
Dimensions120 x 90cm
Material: Oil on Canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $1900




Brent Leideritz


Artwork Statement

No artist tolerates reality – Nietzsche


Title: Reality Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Description: Digital photographic composite
90 x 60cm
Framed giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Ragstock





Benjamin Liew

Artwork Statement
Reality can be described as an individual experience skewed by the perspective of expectation. Visual cues are established by the perception of the norm— standard rules driven by a lifetime of learned memory. Once reality departs imagination takes hold, and one can be pushed into the surreal.

This piece lures the viewer with familiarity. Simple droplets quickly flow into a rush of complexity. Olive oil, chili powder, and saffron were used and it is these elements which illustrate the integral connection between the real and the surreal.

Title: Sideways
Description: This piece lures the viewer with familiarity. Simple droplets quickly flow into a rush of complexity. Olive oil, chili powder, and saffron were used and it is these elements which illustrate the integral connection between the real and the surreal.
Dimensions: 40 x 60cm
Material: Photographic Print
Year: 2016
Price: $975










Simone Linder-Patton


Artwork Statement

Eat Her Words, is a reflection on family narratives and how traditions are passed onto future generations. During this transference of knowledge, traditional skills can be distorted, interrupted and re-interpreted.


Title: Eat Her Words
Description: A handwritten recipe book by my Grandmother inspired responses to contemporary perceptions of food preparation and eating habits. Disposable food containers interpreted as clay forms combined with Grandmothers handwritten text from the recipe book challenge perceptions of permanence and food consumption
Dimensions: Dimensions variable, max height of pieces 12.5cm
Material: Porcelain Paper Clay and Cobalt Underglaze
Year: 2016
Price: $1500





Judy Morris


Artwork Statement

Skeletons from the past, the future, those that got away...


Title: 'The Abundant Catch Slipping Through Our Fingers'
Description: Pencil drawing of fossilised and contemporary remnants of aquatic creatures, with lure for potential prey
Dimensions/Running Time/Word Count: 50 x 90 cm framed
Material: Coloured pencil on cotton rag
Year: 2016
Price: $1500






Francesca Narni


Artwork Statement

You just have to do something. Yeah, it will be a tough paddle, but hasn’t all your south coast surf paddling trained you for an event like this? Just remember – your heart is strong and your body is strong. You can do this.


Title: Ride
Dimensions: 125 x 94 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $1600




Sally Parnis


Artwork Statement

I find passion flowers beautiful but weird. They look like little space stations. Or aliens. I've painted this flower from observation (so it is real) and then made a composite work where it becomes aliens in space! (surreal)


Title: To The Sun
Description: iPad finger painting
Dimensions: 80 x 60cm
Material: Digital painting printed on gloss aluminium
Year: 2017
Price: $960




Joanna Poulson


Artwork Statement

When my mother sat outside Beatrix Potter’s cottage in 1979, she was 34 and I was 4. I was there but have no memory of this day. Creating a realist painting from a slide which my late father took 37 years ago was a surreal experience.


Title: Beatrix Potter's Cottage, 1979
Dimensions: 91 x 91cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $3100






Bev Puckridge


Artwork Statement

My work explores the concepts of camouflage, adornment and pattern through the juxtaposition of decoration and texture. My composition is a symbolic connection of events, allowing the viewer to imagine and build their own narrative around it.


Title: Hush
Description: This work explores the concepts of camouflage, body adornment, pattern, light and mystery. The composition is a symbolic connection of events, allowing the viewer to imagine and build their own narrative around it.
Dimensions:100 x 120cm
Material: Acrylic paint, fabrics, canvas support
Year: 2016
Price: $3200






Nicola Semmens


Artwork Statement

A whimsical and serendipitous exploration of chance meetings and found objects in a stage like setting. I encourage the viewer to see the world 'Alice like' in order to find themselves an imagined portal into another world.


Title: Another World
Description: Put down your iphones and find your own rabbit hole! Whimsy and serendipity are explored in chance meetings between found objects displayed in a stage like setting. Encouraging the viewer to see the world 'Alice like' in order to find themselves in an imagined portal into another world.
Dimensions: 45 x 70 cm
Material: Oil on Canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $1200





Bernard Shore


Artwork Statement

My artwork depicts a landscape featuring the amazing Milky Way in Robe South Australia which although real we often can't see it to this extent without using the camera as a tool. A balance between the real and the surreal.


Title: Milky Way Over Robe
Description: Taken at Robe, South Australia this photograph depicts the incredibly surreal nature of the Milky Way over the ocean late at night. The lighthouse down the coast painted the famous Obelisk with light helping to bring it out of the otherwise darker foreground. By exposing the Milky Way we have created the ultimate balance of the real and surreal.
Dimensions:105 x 58 cm
Material: Printed on Matte Pearl Paper
Year: 2016
Price: $800





Joshua Smith




Artwork Statement

My miniature work captures a snapshot in time of the Urban Landscape showing the series of levels and layers of different periods of time from the original signage and construction of the building to advertising, decay and graffiti layered on the original structure showing the period of urban decay over time.

This specific work is based on the Old Gas Fitter building on Payneham road opposite the Maid Hotel. A recent hot topic on which the building which has been Heritage listed since 1985 has been left to decay rath.


Title: 10 Payneham Road
Description: Scratchbuilt Miniature Sculpture
Dimensions: W  30 H 24 D 21.4cm
Material: MDF, Cardboard, Paper, Plastruct, Spraypaint, Chalk Pastels, Wood
Year: 2017
Price: $900




Renate Smitham


Artwork Statement

Reality is an illusion- subjective, deceptive, and forever changing.

I am interested in reflections as a means of blending together layers of reality; the surface, the “inside” and the “outside” all become one - a new form of reality with a new meaning.


Title: Wednesday Morning
Description: Shop window reflecting a man on his way to work
Dimensions: 50 x 50cm
Material: Giclée on fine art pearl
Year: 2017
Price: $500






Jimmy Snell


Artwork Statement

This work explores the affect of social media on our perception of beauty and the false reality in which it creates. Through editing and filtering techniques we create a virtual, 'better' version of ourselves.


Title: Virtually In Control
Dimensions:122 x 152.5 cm
Material: Mixed Media on Canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $1200






Tobias Staheli


Artwork Statement

Oh, Castanho! You are from the forest of imagination, where sweet water flows softly, turquoise stone sparkling bright, where giant trees stand proud and perspective is in distortion.

Castanho is made from natural timber veneer and a solid timber petiole. Layers upon layers of thin timber sheets were glued into a carefully prepared mould to achieve the shape of the leaf.


Title: Castanho
Dimensions 150 x 62 x 9cm
Material: American walnut (Juglansnigra)
Year: 2016
Price: $4950






Lise Temple


Artwork Statement

My paintings investigate the temporal experience of viewing place. The compositional elements of architecture and space were manipulated with the objective to intertwine memories with the experience of the present.


Title: Conservatory
Description: Painting
Dimension: 106 x 122cm
Material: oil on canvas
Year: 2016
Price: $3300






Peter Wallfried


Artwork Statement

Bundles of wire left behind in a paddock after a bush fire look like strange beasts roaming a desolate land.


Title: Strange Beasts
Description: Bundles of wire left behind after a bush fire appear as strange beasts in a desolate land.
Dimensions101 x 76cm
Material: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $1200





Zoe Woods


Artwork Statement

'I have used thick glass to create the illusion of a floating world in the center of each piece. These suspended air bubbles produce complex patterns by reflecting the carvings on the outer surface.'


Title: Vortical Pair VII
Description: Pair of carved spherical glass forms.
Dimensions: 13 x 29 x 14cm
Material: Blown glass, wheel cut
Year: 2016
Price: $4200






Aaron Zecchin


Artwork Statement

Fusing both familiar and strange worlds to evoke a surreal scene, “figure with three torsos on a rocket” suggests possibilities and realities that are yearned for, despite the apparent futility.


Title: Figure With Three Torsos On A Rocket
Description: figure with three torsos on a rocket
Dimensions: H 77 x W 55 x D 22 cm
Material: ceramic
Year: 2017
Price: $1500








As with every year of the Emma Hack Art Prize, 15% of the sale of all Finalist artworks will be donated to a relevant charity to the theme chosen.

'This year I have chose 'Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (Mifsa)’.  1 in 5 people will be affected by mental health in their lifetime, I feel its important to support those experiencing mental health issues and those that care for them.  The theme 'Real or Surreal?' lends itself to this theme as the reality of ones thoughts may be surreal to another.  Its important to raise awareness and acceptance of mental illness that affects so many.'

Emma Hack


MIFSA is a community based, not for profit organisation delivering a range of programs and services for people affected by mental illness, carers and the community.

All MIFSA programs and services are delivered with a rehabilitation and recovery approach, utilising the 'lived experience' of mental illness. Working alongside and together with participants, our programs create an environment of hope and recovery, offering social support, meaningful activity and opportunities to learn and build upon existing strengths. 


Donate today:  https://www.mifsa.org/index.php/support-us/donate  













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