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Whiteley scholarship for young artist Sally Anderson

The Australian 13 October 2017

Emily Ritchie

Just one day after opening her first commercial solo exhibition in Sydney, artist Sally Anderson has won the 2017 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

The 27-year-old was awarded the prize, a three-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and $40,000 in living and travel expenses, for her painting Dilling's Bromeliads with Gullfoss Falls, an intriguing pairing of landscape and still life.

Sally Anderson (left) with Wendy Whiteley. Sally Anderson (left) with Wendy Whiteley.  Photo: Kate Geraghty

"What drew me immediately into Sally's work is the freedom and clarity in her use of paint," said guest judge, the Australian painter Ildiko Kovacs.

"Beautiful areas of abstracted shapes, alongside her use of the figurative, sit comfortably and feel coherent. There is a naturalness in her ability to marry the two."

The travelling art scholarship was established by Brett Whiteley's mother Beryl in 1999 and is open to emerging artists aged between 20 and 30.

In its 19th year, the prize allows the winning artist firsthand experience of Europe's dynamic contemporary art scenes while simultaneously immersed in art history and culture, an opportunity Brett Whiteley had when he won the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship aged 20.

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