Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today congratulated Tamworth artist Greg Mullar who has been awarded highly commended at the 2014 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.


Mr Anderson said that now in its 7th year, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is one of the only landscape painting prizes to showcase the tradition of en plein air painting, a style requiring the artist to paint entirely outdoors, where they are continually challenged by all the shifting lights and compositions that Mother Nature can conjure.


“Mr Mullar’s artwork has been described as sensitive with lovely colouring.


“His artwork shows that he is at the top of his game, and his work titled In Different Light Mount Soma, is a great example of the genre, and showcases the creativity and variety of contemporary plein air painting.


“Mr Mullar’s artwork features fine brush work and work that small is a tradition in plein air, and  is associated with a really sensitive approach in creating art.


In Different Light Mount Soma features 10 individual paintings that all work and fit together, and this is very important in art, they are strong paintings that really depict what Mr Mullar meant in in his tittle,” Mr Anderson said.


Tamworth artist, Greg Mullar said that he was very keen to get back into painting and plein air was a perfect way to try something new, do something different and get results quickly.


“I chose Mount Soma as my subject as it is prominent in the Tamworth landscape. It defines Tamworth along with Duri Peak and if you live in Tamworth you will see Mount Soma all the time.


“I painted each of the 10 paintings at different times of the day, the light changes quickly so you have to get it done quickly.


“This is an awesome feeling and I will continue to paint and hopefully win next year,” Mr Mullar said.


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