Media Release

3 July 2015

Third d’Arcy Doyle Art Award for Denis Brockie

Granite Belt resident Denis Brockie won the esteemed d’Arcy Doyle Landscape Prize for the third time on Thursday 2 July. Denis’ painting Cunningham’s Gap & the Escarpment was selected for the $10,000 prize by judges Robyn Archer, Terri Lew and Peter Hamilton from over 200 landscape paintings on display at Mudgeeraba’s d’Arcy Doyle Art Festival.

Judge Robyn Archer said “Cunningham’s Gap & the Escarpment is technically magnificent and the landscape format helped separate the painting from its stiff competition“.

d’Arcy Doyle Art Festival organiser Earle Hinschen said “Entries came from as far afield as Western Australia and Tasmania and from everywhere in between. The quality of entries improves every year and this is our best exhibition so far. Denis produces outstanding work and it is great to see the prize going to a painting that reflects the traditional qualities of d’Arcy Doyle’s paintings.”

Art academic Margaret Shield said “It is a landmark painting! In Cunningham’s Gap & the Escarpment we see a world tamed. It is beautiful, it is serene, it is controlled. Though no people appear in the frame, the mark of the man is upon the land… But there is still, even in a tidy country landscape, a sense of brooding mystery.”

Denis, who won the 2012 Stanthorpe Art Festival prize with Flinder’s Overflow, first won the d’Arcy Doyle in 2006 with his painting of Point Lookout’s North Gorge August. He won again in 2009 with another North Stradbroke Island scene Wet Season- Heavy Swell. This win recognises Denis’ skill at depicting landscapes as well as seascapes.

University of Melbourne, Art History, Senior Lecturer, Dr Anthony White describes, “A respect for detail, a great skill in rendering that detail, a humility before nature, openness both to the landscape and the viewer’s experience – this is what makes Denis Brockie’s paintings breathtaking.”

Second prize in the Landscape section went to Between the Flags by Sacha Beverley and gave a nod to contemporary landscape paintings. Third was award to ‘Impressions of Melaleuca’ by Chris Postle.

If you happen to be in Toowoomba over the weekend of 7-9 August you can see some of Denis’ paintings at the Downlands Art Exhibition. You can also make an appointment to visit his studio by contacting Denis Brockie on Facebook or through his website

Contact Denis Brockie on 07 4683 4182

Contact Earle Hinschen on 07 5530 7827