For the win!

After about a month of waiting anxiously for the outcome of my company’s Melbourne Artist of the Year 2007 art competition, the winners were finally revealed in the art exhibition launch at our offices last night. Some of my friends at work were there at the event to cheer me on. I was also able to get Raquel security clearance so that she could come up to our offices that evening.

I was feeling very nervous during the couple of hours leading to the official announcement of the winners. I had barely enough strength to grip anything with my hands and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. Since, my friend Jo also went to last year’s event, she told us that the actual announcement would likely take place about 30 minutes into the event like last year. I wished that the organisers would just announce the winners and get it over with instead of just hanging around eating kebabs and drinking wine provided for by the company.

I got my wish. Fifteen minutes since the event started, the company Partner in charge of the event decided to announce the winners. My heart rate must’ve jumped a hundred and fifty percent. She asked everybody to gather near the podium. When everybody had settled, she informed us that there were three winners and two honourable mentions. I truly hoped I was at least third place partly because only the top three get iPods as prizes.

The Partner started with the name of the third place winner. It wasn’t my name. Whew. It was a guy who submitted something about being in the sea. Apparently, he had to catch a boat leaving for Tasmania that night so he was in a bit of a rush to leave. Maybe it was because of this that the organisers decided to announce the winners earlier than we expected.

I was now hoping that my name get called. Winning second place and the iPod Nano wasn’t such a bad deal, I thought. And maybe it was the new video iPod Nano and not the older version which I already have. But no. My name didn’t get called again.

It was now down to the announcement of the first place winner of the competition. I was more nervous than ever. And then the name of the first place winner was called out by the Partner. It was my name. I couldn’t believe it! It didn’t immediately sink in. Raquel and Jo who were near me at the time were telling me that I won.

I accepted the award which was made of glass (very heavy glass) with the name and logo of the company, the words “Artist of the Year” and the names of the winners for the two previous years and my name at the bottom. I was also handed a big paper bag that had the 80Gb iPod Classic and an Altec Lansing speaker system for the iPod. Cool! That must’ve been the most I ever got in exchange for doing an art-related thing. It was probably the happiest I’ve ever been in a while. Winning the iPod was cool but I think getting the recognition for my art was even cooler.

Anyway, after I’ve accepted the award, my friends congratulated me. Some of them told me that they kept telling me I was going to win. I wanted to believe them, of course, but I just didn’t want to keep my hopes up too high just in case I failed to win anything. If any of them is reading this blog right now, I just want to thank them for all their support and encouragement.

I talked to the organisers of the event afterwards. They told me that they were really impressed with what I’ve done and so on. One of them told me she had a son who was also very into comics and would like me to take a look at her son’s work. They told me that there might be a charity auction in the future and if I was interested in offering my work up for it. Sure, it’d be my pleasure.

They also told me that the judge of the competition left wonderful comments about the winning entries. I felt honoured to have had a curator provide a positive comment about a piece of art that I did. Here’s the curator’s comments for my work:

Principally this is a really terrific rendering. It’s informed by both perspective and the direction of light, and yet loose enough to give a sense of the artists hand and their quality of exactness, but also a quality of personal inexactness in this work. I appreciate how the artists mark sometimes comes through — it makes it a very personal rendering.

It absolutely addresses the topic. You can immediately feel the passion from the depiction. I get a sense of exactly what this person is passionate about, and the overwhelming sense of drive that encourages their passion, and that level of obsession, it’s clearly depicted in all the little objects that make living this passionate existence possible.

Out of curiosity though, I also asked the organiser whether only the winners got the email saying that we were short-listed as finalists for the competition. She said yes. She wanted to make sure that we were there to accept the prizes. So, that means, if I join next year’s art competition and I got short listed, I would know that I would at least win third place.

When all was said and done, I’m glad I joined the competition. I thank Raquel for urging me to join up even when I thought of not doing so due to time constraints (I found out about the contest pretty late). I also thank Raquel for helping me with naming the piece. The organisers loved the name “Geeky Pursuits”, which was her idea.

Thanks to yesterday’s win, I have more confidence in my art work than ever before. It certainly encourages me to work on my art some more.

To view the photos Raquel took of the event, go here:

Published in: on October 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm  Comments (10)  

10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I guess you gotta be in it to win it!!!… Buti na lang sumali ka! Congrats Dude!…

  2. Congratulations, Geejay. You do deserve your win! You’ve really honed and sharpened your drawing skills! I should go back again to drawing, inspired already by you and Max while you both post your stuffs in the web.

    Wow, that 80GB iPod is a worth win and drool worthy! 😉

  3. :d/ Congratulations!

  4. :d/well done Geejay…I visit your website so often, I admire your talents and chutzpah. Good on you my boy…

    I hope that this win inspires you to go on to even bigger projects. All the best to you and Raquel.

    From VivG of Aus-Fil forum

  5. Hi Vince, Ives, Alma and Linda! Thank you all! 😀 And Ives, you seem to have lost your original website. That was weird.

  6. I told you so!!

    Well done and well deserved!!

  7. Congratulations. Sabi na nga ba, ikaw ang mananalo.

    Enjoy your iPod.

  8. found it! cool!! 😀

  9. Congrats, GJ!!! :d/ Is your work posted here? It would be nice to see it!!

  10. Congratulations. It was really a very impressive drawing.

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