Press Release: ‘A Powerful Image’ by free speech advocate Peter Greste wins 2022 Clayton Utz Art Award – Knowledge

Sep 08, 2022

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Brisbane photographer Glenn Hunt won the $20,000 Clayton Utz Art Prize 2022 with his photographic portrait of Australian journalist Peter Greste, titled Freedom fighter.

Prize judge Dr Chari Larson (Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at Queensland College of Art) described the work as a “powerful image” reminiscent of painted portraits of Northern Europe. 17th century: “Portraits by artists such as Rembrandt were famous for their dark, inky light and I think (Greg) managed to capture that moodiness.

Dr. Larson also awarded a Highly Commended Award to three works:

  • Always passing by us (oil on canvas): Matt James – “(Matt) captures the vibrancy and life of the Brisbane River” with “frantic and busy brush strokes
  • Proximal noise (engraving): Carolyn Craig a fantastic series” This is “playful, performative
  • Bell with Kath le Chook (oil on panel): Miranda Hine – “(the artwork) captures a lovely intimate moment in the chaos of the past two years

Amy Bridge’s portrait of her Samoyed dog, pure joy (pencil, watercolour, ink on paper), won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by our Brisbane partners and employees.

Scott Sharry, Managing Partner of Clayton Utz Brisbane congratulated Glenn, Matt, Carolyn, Miranda and Amy for their recognition.

Each year, our collaborators are really looking forward to seeing the works up close and being able to appreciate the diversity of styles and subjects. They spark many curious conversations and are always a topic of discussion with our customers.

There were 42 finalists for this year’s award, selected from 282 entries. The works of the finalists will be displayed in the reception area and meeting rooms on level 28 of the Clayton Utz Brisbane office for the next 12 months.

Clayton Utz Art Prize

Now in its 15th year, the Clayton Utz Art Award is an initiative to encourage, reward and promote artists with a Queensland base or connection.

As always, we acknowledge and thank Brett Lethbridge and Lethbridge Gallery for their efforts in coordinating and managing the award.


Lauren Scott


Head of Corporate Affairs

08/09/2022 07:00:00

Press release

Lauren Scott

Scott Sharry


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