The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 70



Drawing on talent
Now in its third year, the Sophy Gray ODU Art Prize
recognises outstanding work by boys in matric –
boys who are now, of course, ODs. By Peter Hyslop
T
he award ceremony for
the Sophy Gray Prize, held
along with the opening of
the annual Grade 12 art exhibition,
is now firmly established as an
important event on the Bishops
cultural calendar.
Artist Justin Fiske (1991K)
was the judge of this year’s
competition, and after much
reflection he named Matthew
Derman (G) as the winner for
his painting titled Necessity. In
this most accomplished work,
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Matthew conveys his reflections on
our obsession with consumerism
and the need to have more; a
hand depicted in the painting
reaches upwards to grasp what
seems to be the next commodity
dangling just out of reach but
is, in fact, a crumbling edifice.
Second place went to Tristan
Turner (O) for his significant
body of work, characterised by his
accomplished draughtsmanship
and a remarkable mastery of a
range of media and techniques.





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