SCA student wins national printmaking prize

Fremantle Print Award

Image: Evan Pank, Keeping the Bastards Honest, 2016, screen print, spray paint, 130×500cm.

Sydney College of the Arts student Evan Pank has won first prize in the prestigious Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. The prize winning artwork, Keeping the Bastards Honest, combines screen printing and spray painting techniques to explore the influence of sport and fan culture in Australian society and politics.

The award is now in its 42nd year and is the richest printmaking award in Australia. Finalists are selected based on their ambition, conceptual rigor and technical execution. The first-place winner receives $16,000 in prize money and their print is acquired by the City of Fremantle Art Collection.

This year’s judging panel – Rebecca Beardmore (NSW), André Lipscombe (WA) and Franchesca Cubillo (ACT) praised the piece saying:

“Pank’s oversized panoramic print connects successfully with the materiality of print and the fluidity of painting, evidenced in the over spray of the warm and cool coloured paint, at once obscuring and highlighting the heightened figurative subject.”

The judges also reflected on the work’s political evocations. “The work presents the boundary between the festive and the fight in the apparent hostility unleashed by the crowd, making reference to the patriarchal fog and tribal culture of team sport,” they said.

Pank is currently completing his Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours degree in Printmedia at Sydney College of the Arts and will graduate in November this year. This was his first time entering the award. “I entered because I really wanted to reach a new audience,” Pank said. “I was ecstatic just to be named a finalist so it definitely hasn’t sunk in yet that I actually won!”

Pank’s work is on exhibition at the Fremantle Art Centre until Sunday 12 November.