Announced at the opening of the 7th Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition, Chinese-born Australian artist Guan Wei’s work Beach 5 was named the winning entry from a shortlist of 30 works and an original pool of over 250 entrants from across Australia. Judges, who included Dr Vincent Alessi, (Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts and Design, La Trobe University), Jennifer Kalionis (Director, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum), John McDonald (Art Critic.Sydney Morning Herald), Peter Guy (representative of the Guy family) and Julie Millowick (Vice Chair, Bendigo Art Gallery Board), claimed Guan Wei’s work was chosen from a diverse selection of contenders for its ‘strong cultural message. It is a painting about Australia and the idea of cultural transformation by a Chinese born Australian artist, that speaks to us about the changing nature of Australian life.’

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