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The relevance of the Sasol New Signatures competition in the local art scene was once again demonstrated with more than 400 entries being received from emerging artists over the age of eighteen throughout South Africa.
The final judging for the Sasol New Signatures 2004 competition took place on Wednesday 21 July. The overall winner was Richard Penn with his photographic work titled Mirror 4.
Penn's work was singled out from a record number of 408 art entries from all over South Africa from which a total of 100 works were selected and are on exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels Streets, Arcadia Park, until 19th August.
The following comments were made by Penn regarding him winning, as well as from Teresa Lizamore, Curator of the Sasol Art Collection, regarding the winning work:
Richard Penn quotes: This is fantastic news and I hope that this recognition will open the door for an exhibition of a body of art from which my entry for Sasol New Signatures Competition stemmed.
Sasol curator quotes: Penn's winning entry encourages one to be observant, sensitive and intellectually curious. It is a portrait which breaks with the traditional conventions of portraiture, as it seeks to reveal the qualities and substance of the chosen medium as much as it reveals the intimacy of the relationship between the artist and his subject.
Sasol through its sponsorship of the Sasol New Signatures Competition has once again demonstrated its support of local artists and its commitment to visual arts in South Africa.