News: Finalist in 2019 R & M McGivern Prize

Reindeer head, Iceland (After Durer)(2019), oil on linen, 40.2 x 61cm. Photo: Jon Linkins.

Very happy to announce that my painting ‘Reindeer, Iceland (After Durer)’ 2019, has been selected as a finalist for the R & M McGivern Prize 2019.

“The R & M McGivern Prize was established by the will of the late Muriel Evelyn McGivern and is a legacy of Muriel’s support of the arts in Maroondah.

The prize is awarded every three years by the Trustee for an outstanding, original art work in the medium of painting.

The R & M McGivern Prize is an acquisitive award and the winning art work will become the property of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection. The Prize aims to promote artistic excellence in painting and build a high quality collection for the Maroondah region. For each year that the Prize is held, a different theme is selected.


The 2019 R & M McGivern Prize for painting calls all artists from around Australia to address the theme of the ANTHROPOCENE.

The Anthropocene describes an era proposed by scientists that dates from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. Anthropocene directly translates to ‘anthro’ (human) ‘cene’ (recent). The concept proposes that the changes taking place within the environment may be a direct result of the behaviour of humans.”


The R & M McGivern Prize exhibition of finalists will be held across two venues, ArtSpace at Realm and Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, Ringwood from 23 November 2019 to 2 February 2020.