Marcus Jansen is one of 123 finalists at the Fleurieu Art Prize in Southern Australia. With $60,000 in prize money just for the winner, it is the world’s richest and most significant landscape painting competition.
First awarded in 1998, the Fleurieu Art Prize is held every two years in South Australia. Taking its name from the Fleurieu Peninsula in Southern Australia, the event includes a month-long celebration of art, food, wine and activities in and around the legendary McLaren Vale wine region.
The $60,000 main prize winner will be announced at an exclusive cocktail party at d’Arenberg Winery on Saturday, October 26. The following day, the 123 shortlisted artworks go on display in wine cellar doors and galleries around the region, enticing guests to explore the picturesque Fleurieu peninsula and take in the rolling hills, dramatic coastline, unique geological formations, and stretches of rolling vineyards as they journey between destinations. There is, of course, plenty of local music, fine wine, gourmet food and exemplary local produce along the way.
The exhibition runs from October 26 through November 25, 2013.
Jansen’s Pink Zebra on Edge was among a record 1,226 entries received for the 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize. According to General Manager Karen Paris, artists from around Australia as well as the US, UK, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and France submitted an impressive and diverse range of works for consideration by the judges.
“Well known and respected names such as David Bromley, inaugural winner Robert Hannaford, Ann Thomson, Richard Bell, 2011 People’s Choice Award winner Jun Chen and a number of well known South Australians including Garry Duncan and Chris Orchard are in the mix, along with a great bunch of up-and-coming artists who are no doubt hopeful that this will be their big break,” Paris reports.
This year’s judging panel is being led by Nigel Hurst from London’s legendary Saatchi Gallery and Samstag Museum of Art Director Erica Green.
“South Australia is clearly embracing contemporary art and I’m delighted to help judge such a unique and important prize,” said Hurst. His involvement extends the relationship between the U.K.’s Saatchi Gallery and South Australia following the highly successful “Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now” exhibition in July 2011.
“The Fleurieu Art Prize is the most significant prize for landscape painting worldwide and securing Nigel as a member of our judging panel demonstrates the importance of the event on the national and international visual arts scene,” notes GM Karen Paris, who expects upwards of 20,000 people to attend this year’s biennial event.
Making the Fleurieu Art Prize shortlist is just the latest development in Jansen’s meteoric career. Jansen closed out 2012 by winning the Dave Bown Projects Award and was selected a few weeks later as the winner at the Aesthetica Art Prize in the United Kingdom. Jansen followed these wins with a special merit award at the March, 2013 Art Laguna Art Prize in Venice, Italy. Not only did he distinguish himself at the show, he was the only American painter selected by the show’s international panel of jurors (which included Lina Lazaar (Great Britain, Expert in International Contemporary Art for Sotheby’s), Sabine Schasch (Switzerland, Director and Curator of Kunsthaus Basel), and Adam Budak (United States, Curator of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington)).
Jansen’s work will also be exhibited in October by his European representative, Maria Bianca Rizzi & Matthias Ritter Gallery in Milan, Italy, at Art Verona International Art Fair. The fair is a prelude to a solo museum show in Italy in 2014. Next year will also mark the first time Jansen’s work will also be offered at auction in the secondary art market. That auction will be conducted by the prestigious international auction house of Phillips de Pury of Moscow and Geneva.
Jansen’s work can be found today in the permanent collections of the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The Housatonic Museum of Art in Connecticut, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian Institution. He is represented by galleries located in Europe, Asia and the United States. Jansen maintains his studio and exhibition gallery in Fort Myers which operates under the name of UNIT A Contemporary Art Space. Functioning as Jansen’s international headquarters, the UNIT arranges private museum and collector viewings and exhibitions around the world.