NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recongised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in June and July 2015.
The 2015 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is proudly sponsored by Telstra.
‘Afternoon Shadow, William Street’, Oil on linen 100 x 87 cm
The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. Contemporary Australian artists paint ‘en plein air’ both in the bush and the city. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize encourages artists to embrace the tradition and feel of ‘plein air’ to create new art works depicting subjects in the beautiful state of NSW.