Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 Graduate Exhibition at the SVPA, Utas

Exhibition masthead with Sue Henderson, my supervisor, on the left.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts 'Graduate Exhibition' ran for a week and  is now over, and the last of my work has returned home marking the completion my university life.

Except, of course, for my assessment result. And that too is now in. 

The examiners awarded me a Distinction. 

All that remains now is the graduation ceremony in a few weeks when i'll get to clomp over a stage to be awarded a Master of Contemporary Arts degree. 

Kerry Finch MLC congratulating the wonderful Amelia Rowe on her residency to Paris.  

View through the milling crowd to my exhibition space.

The three works on exhibition.

The Graduate Exhibition above was a different exhibition to the assessment exhibition in the previous post. Unlike the assessment exhibition which i had to select and hang myself, this one was curated and hung by a curatorial team. The three works of mine chosen by curator Melanie Kershaw for the Graduate Exhibition were:

Harry Kent, Whiteley in Ultramarine,
oil and acrylic on canvas, 76x102cm.

Harry Kent, Brett Whiteley's ghost
oil on aluminium panel, 90x120cm.

Harry Kent, Facing Facts
acrylic gap filler and paint, 76 x 102 cm.

And so ends a chapter.

I've decided to keep this blog going but i don't yet know with what frequency. Part of me is dying for a rest. Another part is keen to try new things.

Perhaps i'll post some of my old watercolour landscapes to reset the scene while i complete a sizable landscape in oil. 

Thanks everybody for your continuing interest and support. Have a wonderful Christmas!



  1. Congratulations again Harry. What will 2013 bring?

    Merry Christmas, wishing you many new adventures in art making and other life stuff for the new year.

    Hope we can stay in touch.

  2. Congratulations Harry on a wonderful achievement.

  3. Thanks for the ride Harry. I vote to keep the blog going!

  4. Congratulations, Harry! I knew you were distinguished, and am glad it was official! Best to you at the closing of the year.

  5. Hello Harry,
    Congratulations! Your new title has quite the ring to it. It is well-deserved and I'm happy the officials saw fit to add, "With Distinction".
    Do take some time off Harry. You certainly deserve it and your fans will understand. Your creativity, fearless use of materials and generosity to others will keep us all around, eagerly awaiting your return.
    Well Done, my friend...exceptionally WELL DONE!

  6. I look forward to your trying new things; your work is always so much more than paint. Congratulations and enjoy the holidays.

  7. Congratulations on the Distinction. I'm not sure I know exactly what that means but I think it's good. Boing! You are now officially an artist!

    I have really enjoyed your process and I hope you keep the blog going. The conversation has been very satisfying.

    After your rest let us know what has been percolating in your artist's brain.

  8. In looking back at my previous comment, I think it appears to be a rather flippant one. Not intended. I recall being told that one does not have to go to school to be an artist. I beg to differ. The challenge of graduate school made me a better artist.

    The accomplishment you have earned will stay with you and inform your work always. One cannot work only in isolation. The company of other like minded individuals (teachers and students) is as important as practice alone.

    Congratulations on achieving the honor of a Distinction. I keep anticipating what is to come from you.

    1. Flippant? Not at all, Davida. You are one of the most positive and encouraging people i know!! Thank you so much for all your support throughout my degree work.