Lockdown art gains prize nod

Bruce Taylor has been nominated for People's Choice Award in the National Capital Arts Prize. (Supplied)

Oliver Lees

Newham artist Bruce Taylor has been selected as a finalist for the inaugural National Capital Art Prize.

With many of his working days filled with Zoom meetings over the past 18 months, Taylor has taken to drawing on blotter paper to keep himself focused.

These drawings have turned into fully realised pieces of art, with one of his 13 finished drawings selected within the People’s Choice Award category of the Canberra-based art prize.

“I probably get about five minutes into a meeting before I start doodling patterns. I’ve always been one that scribbled in the margins, and got in trouble from my teachers in school,” Taylor said.

“After about the third one, I pulled them out and put them on the floor and thought they actually were starting to be something.

“It’s been an interesting process, because they’re made up of disconnected moments but it feels as though there is a connection between them.”

Taylor’s piece, entitled ‘Blotter Drawing 3’ was selected as one of 121 finalists from more than 1000 submissions across the country.

Currently working for RMIT Online, Mr Taylor has experience as an illustrator of an independent comic book series Bump and Snore, which is on display at the National Library of Australia.

The award finalists will be announced in October with a public exhibition in Canberra.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes on September 30.

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