Artwork bowls ‘em over

PASSES TEST: The painting by John Campbell that is a finalist in the Cricket Awards.
PASSES TEST: The painting by John Campbell that is a finalist in the Cricket Awards. Contributed


Rosebank artist John Campbell has been named a finalist in the 2012 Cricket Art Prize.

If he wins the annual art competition, John stands to collect $20,000, or $2000 if he is highly commended and $1000 if picked in the people's choice.

Artists were invited to submit a painting or composition that depicted an aspect of cricket life, whether it was being played in backyards, parks, beaches, streets or village greens.

The work could be figurative, semi-abstract, still-life or figure-in-landscape.

John's painting, The First Test at Goonengerry: Australia v India, is one of 40 finalists, including five from England, South Africa and New Zealand, chosen from more than 200 entries received.

The winners will be announced at a gala cocktail evening in the Sydney Cricket Ground's Members Pavilion on October 4.

Cricket Art Prize co-ordinator Derek Zilich said the competition was growing in stature and reputation every year.

"We have had some terrific entries over the past three years of the prize and the quality and diverse range of this year's artworks is outstanding," Mr Zilich said.

The artworks will be on display at the SCG from October 4-20.

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