Newcastle's newest major prize for painting, donated by the Newcastle Club Foundation, has been awarded to well-known local artists Andy Devine and Peter Tilley for their collaborative work, Response #35.
Their work was chosen from a very high quality group of eleven finalists selected from over 70 entries by the former director of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Ron Ramsey, and his fellow judges after many hours of deliberation.
While the individual reputations of the winning artists Peter Tilley and Andy Devine are firmly established it is through their collaborative works that they have been able to reach a much wider audience.
Their initial major collaboration was the environmentally focused exhibition Black Harvest, which recently completed a two-year, state-wide tour.
This evolved into their next collaboration A Dirty Business, with Andrew Styan, which was exhibited at the Newcastle Art Gallery earlier this year.
Their individual skills, mutual understanding and respect produces contemporary works that are sophisticated and meaningful while being engaging and accessible.