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BigLaw firm announces winner of its art award

Clayton Utz has announced the winner of its $20,000 art award for 2022. 

user iconJess Feyder 23 September 2022 Big Law
BigLaw firm announces winner of its art award
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Brisbane-based photographer Glenn Hunt was announced the winner of this year’s Clayton Utz art award for his photographic portrait of Australian journalist Peter Greste, titled Freedom Fighter.

Award judge Dr Chari Larsson (senior lecturer in art history and theory at the Queensland College of Art) described the work as a “powerful image” that was reminiscent of the portrait paintings of the 17th century in northern Europe.

“Portraits by artists such as Rembrandt were famous for their inky, dark light and I think (Glenn) has managed to capture this moodiness,” said Dr Larsson.


Dr Larsson also awarded highly commended to three works:

  • Always Passing Us By (oil on canvas) by Matt James – “He captures the dynamism and life of the Brisbane River” with “frenetic, and busy brushstrokes”;
  • Proximal Noise (etching) by Carolyn Craig – “A fantastic series” that is “playful, performative”;
  • Bell with Kath the Chook (oil on board) by Miranda Hine – “Captures quite a lovely intimate moment in the chaos of the past couple of years.”
Amy Bridge’s portrait of a Samoyed dog, Pure Joy (pencil, watercolour, ink on paper), won the People’s Choice Award, as voted by the firm’s Brisbane partners and employees.

Clayton Utz Brisbane partner-in-charge Scott Sharry congratulated the artists on their recognition.

“Our people really look forward every year to seeing the artworks up close and being able to appreciate the diversity of the styles and subject matter,” said Mr Sharry. 

“They prompt many curious conversations and are always a talking point with our clients.”

There were 42 finalists for this year’s award, selected from 282 entries. 

The finalists’ works are on display in the reception area and meeting rooms on level 28 of the Clayton Utz Brisbane office for the next 12 months.

Now in its 15th year, the Clayton Utz Art Award is an initiative to encourage, reward and promote artists with a Queensland base or connection to Queensland. 

This award adds to a strong record of law firms supporting the arts, with the award being one of the longstanding engagements Clayton Utz has with the arts, along with a partnership with the Australian String Quartet.

The firm thanked Brett Lethbridge and Lethbridge Gallery for their efforts in coordinating and managing the award.