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Bulli street hangs in Parliament House

John Bokor’s Quiet Street Bulli

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.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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