Gold Coast Open House announces art competition winners

To celebrate the fifth birthday of Gold Coast Open House in 2019, an annual event which takes place across the Gold Coast on Saturday 19 October, organisers conducted their first art competition. The winning artwork was submitted by Burleigh Heads-based graphic designer and visual artist, Zoe Lewis, and will feature on the Gold Coast Open House tote bags this year.

The artwork entitled ‘Magic Mountain Miami Beach House – Another One Bites the Dust’ is part of a series Zoe created to capture the essence of the traditional Gold Coast beach house.

“I couldn’t resist this beachfront house and huge coconut palm at Miami, below the old Magic Mountain.

“I love spotting a perfectly composed fibro-brick beach house with an iconic palm or pandanus out the front. You can often find me taking a sneaky photo from the footpath,” says Zoe. “I work from my photographs to create a sketch that I transfer onto the linoblock. This is where the fun starts, with hours of carving involved, finished off with the final hand-printing of the linoblock onto paper with oil-based ink.”

Zoe has been creating art since childhood and holds a visual arts degree from Curtin University of Technology.

The judging panel comprised Gold Coast artists, architects, Open House committee members, academics and representatives of competition sponsors, MinterEllison Gold Coast.

Judges said Zoe’s artwork captured the relationship between built environment, the Gold Coast’s iconic headlands and the coastal landscape. “It inspires commentary on the changing character of the Gold Coast as older beach houses make way for higher density living,” said the judges.

The panel was impressed by the clarity, relatability and storytelling in Zoe’s artwork, which draws the viewer into the physical detail and implied memories of the scene, while also providing a valuable historic record of Gold Coast residential architecture and landscape.

As well as being the first Gold Coast artist to have their work printed on the tote bags, Zoe wins a prize package valued at $1,000 thanks to sponsor MinterEllison Gold Coast.

First runner-up in the competition, Peter Swaddle, won prizes valued at $500 for his entry ‘Gold Coast Winter Morning’, an expressionistic representation that evokes the iconic Gold Coast skyline set against sand, ocean and sky. Second runner-up, Hannah Cutts, won prizes valued at $300 for her artwork titled ‘Gold Coast’, a visually striking composition featuring the old Lennons Broadbeach Hotel that judges said was nostalgic, yet contemporary.

Shortlisted artworks in the Gold Coast Open House art competition will be displayed at a public exhibition on the day of the event on 19 October.

This year, Gold Coast Open House opens the doors to over 50 of the Gold Coast’s interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at places they may have only seen from the street. This year’s program also includes guided walking tours, as well as tours through a collection of inspiring architect-designed private residences.

Those keen for a peek inside these stunning private homes will need to be quick when registrations open on Friday 6 September at 9am. The full program and all tours will be announced after the official launch of this year’s Gold Coast Open House on Tuesday 3 September.

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  • Reply August 13, 2019


    Where can I find details of the artist who built fantasy houses as part of your Gold Coast Open Houses.
    Thank you

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