Clare Humphries, A fraction of a small distance, Hand-burnished linocut (photography by Matthew Stanton)
Australian Print Workshop is pleased to announce that the inaugural APW John Denton Print Award has been awarded to Dr Clare Humphries.
As the recipient of the 2017 APW John Denton Print Award, Clare will undertake a print-based project that explores perceptual flux in relation to the Moon. In preparation for her project at APW, Clare will observe and document the moonrise for 16 days, from the Micromoon on June 9th to the Supermoon on June 24th 2017, whilst she is undertaking an artist-in-residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia. Clare’s observations will map perceived shifts in the Moon’s size and luminance as it moves from its most remote to its closest position from Earth, whilst gradually slipping into shadow on its elliptical course. Drawing from these observations Clare will produce a series of atmospheric relief prints at APW. The series will investigate the difficulty of gaining a perceptual ‘fix’ on the Moon as it oscillates between closeness and distance, and even appears to bring distance near.
Dr Clare Humphries is a print-based artist who lives and works in Melbourne. Clare’s work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, Geelong Gallery and Grafton Regional Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards and commissions including the 2014 Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints, a 2010 Print Council of Australia Commission, an acquisition prize at the 2010 Fremantle Print Award and an APW Collie Print Trust Scholarship for Emerging Victorian Printmakers in 2007. Clare is a lecturer in Drawing and Printmaking at the Victorian College the Arts (The University of Melbourne) and sits on the committee of the Print Council of Australia.
Established in appreciation of John Denton’s significant contribution to APW and contemporary Australian printmaking, this Award marks John’s retirement after 20 years of service on the APW Board.
The APW John Denton Print Award honours John Denton’s commitment to supporting and encouraging contemporary Australian printmaking.