THE winner of the 2012 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize has been announced as Bulli artist John Bokor, who has beaten 40 other entrants to win the $20,000 cash prize.
Bokor was announced as the winner at an awards ceremony at Parliament House earlier this month where he said he drew inspiration for his winning work, Quiet Street, Bulli, from objects and places around him.
Bokor paints mainly landscapes from his neighbourhood or still lives and interiors in his Bulli home. The painting of Dumbrell Road is an ordinary scene, he said, with cars parked along a suburban street with trees overhanging.
This year’s finalists were selected from 284 diverse entries. The portrait will join the permanent collection at the NSW Parliament, where it will sit alongside past winners: Isabel Gomez, Rodney Pople, Euan Macleod and Noel McKenna.
The exhibition of finalists will be on display at the NSW Parliament until Thursday May 31. Entry is free and doors are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm.
A special Sunday opening will also be held on Sunday May 20 from 10am to 4pm, and doors will be open until 9pm.