The Plein Air Painting Prize

The Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive ‘plein air’ painting prize to be hosted by The University of Notre Dame Australia in 2020. Established in 2008, the annual prize has previously been hosted by the NSW Parliament and is recognised by landscape artists throughout Australia.

2018 winner

Wei Bin Chen
Oil on canvas

Plein Air

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. Painting in the tradition of ‘en plein air’ allows the artist to capture something more than just the depiction of a landscape; adding mood and atmosphere to the setting.

You can find out more about the previous years of the art prize, including the winners, highly commended and the finalists exhibited.