Byron Bay artist John Cottrell has taken out this year’s Border Art Prize at the Gold Coast City Gallery.
Byron Bay artist John Cottrell has taken out this year’s Border Art Prize at the Gold Coast City Gallery. MEGAN KINNINMENT

Paints-taking effort pays off with Border Art Prize win

BYRON Bay artist John Cottrell has taken out this year's Border Art Prize at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

Mr Cottrell won first prize of $3000 for his abstract, triangulated-style painting titled Maelstrom Mandala.

Guest judge Joe Furlonger described the painting as "fresh, clean, neo-geo... a confident measured view of our built environment."

This is the second art prize Mr Cottrell has won in a month, after the Peter Carroll Encouragement Award at the Wilson Visual Arts Award in August.

Malestrom Mandala by John Cottrell.
Malestrom Mandala by John Cottrell.

"I was really happy with this work and happy that an artist of Joe Furlonger's calibre saw merit in it," Mr Cottrell said.

Mr Cottrell's work is informed by his background in screen-printing, with each taking weeks to create.

"I was trained as a print maker, but I stopped screen-printing because of the toxic paints used back then," he said.

However, he continued to use the process of layering colours in his canvas works.

"My work is a long process as layer after layer of colour is added and I mask off areas as I build the image," he said.

Mr Cottrell's paintings explore contemporary mandalas with the idea of showing beauty in the chaos of our modern times.

Maelstrom Mandala will be on exhibition at the Gold Coast City Gallery until October 27.


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