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by Paul Neeson
posted 13/06/2022

Nicholas Harding, winner Wynne Prize 2022 + Tipi, principal cellist ACO

Tim-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve, Principal Cello Australian Chamber Orchestra – ©Christie Brewster

Tim-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve, Principal Cello with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, chats to Arts Wednesday about the ACO’s upcoming concert A Bach Family ReunionThere were many musicians in the extended Bach family, many of whose works appear in this concert. The program also includes music inspired by Bach composed by Schumann, Mozart and Sofia Gubaidulina. Tipi is soloist in the Cello Concerto in A major by CPE Bach.

Wynne Prize 2022 winner, Nicholas Harding
‘Eora’, oil on linen, 196.5 x 374.8 cm
© the artist, image © AGNSW, Mim Stirling

We also chat to Nicholas Harding about his painting Eora which won this years AGNSW $50,000  Wynne Prize. He discusses his use of thickly applied paint, better known technically as impasto, a technique that has become synonymous with his incredible works of art. Nicholas has been finalist in the Sulman Prize 3 times, 19 times in the Archibald including a win in 2001, and 7 times in the Wynne prize.

Nicholas Harding
Wilpena eucalypt and wattle
oil on linen
183 x 245 cm

His winning work Eora was a commissioned work inspired by a series of works the artist did of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Rangers. This time his patron wanted the bush in and around Sydney. His brief: a landscape unspoilt by white man. The end result is a work that is large in scale, totally immersive – we feel we can walk into it and through its mesmerising tracts of cabbage tree and pandanas palms, rocky outcrops, waterfalls and creek beds; it’s captivating in its astonishing detail; and yes, his impasto application of paint shimmers incandescently off the canvas – we wonder how on earth he does it.

Arts Wednesday 15 June 2022

Eastside Radio 89.7fm