Local lad pushes it in art win

The Newcastle Herald
19 September 2009
Matt Carr

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BRANXTON artist Todd Fuller has snared a national prize, pushing the boundaries of the competition in the process.

Fuller, 21, this month won the $5000 Acquisitive Award as part of the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards.

The winning entry was "Watt Art?", an animation filmed at the Watt Space Gallery in Newcastle.

"It was a solid week's work, and that's not including editing," Fuller said.

The animation was the first entry in the awards to require a television, deviating from their traditional focus on painting, drawing and print-making.

As a result, the entry sparked debate over its suitability for the awards.

"The committee had to go into discussion about whether it could be classified as drawing," he said.

Artist and judge Guy Warren said Todd's willingness to take risks with his entry appealed to the judging panel.

"It is a work of intelligence, sensitivity and, the judges felt, considerable promise," Mr Warren said.

Fuller works in Sydney but said it was a relief to return to the Hunter when he gets a chance.

"It's still my home, absolutely," he said.

Fuller has made waves in several major art prizes this year, reaching the final stages of both the Gosford Regional Art Prize and the National Emerging Art Prize in Brisbane.