Daniel Kristjansson is a multi-disciplinary artist, teacher and former swimming pool maintenance guy now living in Midland, Western Australia. His art is a suburban perspective on the tantalising pull of natural chaos and complexity. Through photography and sculpture he creates abstracted objects or spaces that demand exploration, built from source material gathered in areas of conflict between human terraformation and the beautiful rot of natural growth. His photographic work Voidland was featured in PICA’s Hatched exhibition in 2020.
The prestigious John Stringer Prize – created in 2015 in honour of acclaimed curator, the late John Stringer (1937–2007) – commissions six contemporary Western Australian artists to create new work from which the winning artist will be determined by a secret ballot conducted by The Collectors Club members.
The exhibition features new work created specifically for the Prize by Merrick Belyea, Theo Costantino, Daniel Kristjansson, Clare McFarlane, Ross Potter and Lea Taylor, in a range of media including drawing, painting, photography, installation and textiles.
The John Stringer Prize is a non-acquisitive, annual award aimed at recognising and supporting outstanding Western Australian visual art practice and is generously supported by The Collectors Club and the Kerry Stokes Collection. The Prize was established in memory of John Stringer, renowned Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection and advisor to The Collectors Club, who passed away in 2007. It honours John’s life and the legacy of his influence on and contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists.
The Prize, which was conceived and facilitated by The Collectors Club, connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art scene.
The John Stringer Prize 2021 is open 19 November – 15 December 2021.