National firm Holding Redlich has announced the 24th People’s Choice Award at the 2022 Salon des Refusés: The alternative Archibald & Wynne Prize selection exhibition.
Australian artist Mary Tonkin was announced the winner for her oil on canvas work Hot Kiss, Kalorama, painted en plein air (outdoors) on her family farm in Melbourne’s east.
In her artist statement, Ms Tonkin said: “Hot kiss, Kalorama was made entirely en plein air in bush on my family’s farm at Kalorama in the Corhanwarrabul (Dandenong Ranges), East of Narrm (Melbourne) during late summer and early autumn.
“In this spot the bush is dominated by brown stringybark and messmate gums with an understory of prickly currant bush and bracken fern.
“It is named after the memory of a particular kiss; the somewhat shattering tingle and sparkle of which seemed alive in the forms as I painted them.”
Presenting the award at the National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney, Holding Redlich’s Sydney managing partner, Stephen Trew, congratulated Ms Tonkin: “Mary’s work draws your attention as soon as you enter the room.
“It’s an honour for Holding Redlich to recognise Mary tonight and present her with a very well-deserved People’s Choice Award.”
Holding Redlich has sponsored the exhibition’s People’s Choice Award at the Salon des Refusés exhibition for the past 24 years.
“Holding Redlich is proud of its longest-standing arts partnership with the Salon des Refusés exhibition and strong support for the arts nationally,” said Mr Trew.
“Our firm’s founder Peter Redlich loved, and was an advocate for, the arts.
“It’s wonderful to acknowledge our heritage and continue his passion, through our ongoing partnership with the S.H. Ervin Gallery.”