Koala as Object Selected for the KAAF art prize 2022

The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF) Art Prize is an annual art prize that aims to foster the Australian multicultural society by bringing artists together from diverse ethnicities. In its 9th year, the KAAF Art Prize is open themed and medium to 2D artworks and has both acquisitive and non-acquisitive cash prizes totalling $24,000 for the artists. As the exhibition & venue partner, the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) Australia has been presenting the finalists show and awards ceremony.

2022 Judges : Mr John McDonald, Mr Oliver Smith, Prof. Inae Kim

Exhibition Dates 25 Nov 2022 – 27 Jan 2023 at the KCC
Exhibition Venue Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery

deb mostert Koala as Object 2020 watercolour 60 x 88 cm

Works selected for exhibitions

My artwork ‘Redemption Series Echidna’ was selected as a finalist in the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize. The artwork will be exhibited in the finalist exhibition between the dates of 6th March to 8th May 2020 at the Outback Regional Gallery located within the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton. 

The gallery received a high number of entries from across Australia with 33 artists selected as finalists. Visiting guest judges were Henri Van Noordenberg and Lucy Culliton.

Sadly due to current circumstances this exhibition is closed.

Shark as Object was also selected as a finalist for the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2020.

This year they received 553 entries. After much deliberation by the selection panel 62 works were selected as finalists of the Prize. For the full list of finalists please visit the Muswellbrook Art Prize website.

This exhibition is also closed for now.

Sketchbooks win prize

I was very pleased to be awarded first prize in an urban sketching competition organised by the Centre for Transformative Work Design at the University of Western Australia. The brief was to choose a person whose job you were interested in and make a concertina sketchbook about what they do. I chose Heather Janetzki (Collections Manager birds and mammals, Qld Museum) for the sheer variety and absorbingly interesting things she does in any given work day. It was a pleasure to be able to highlight the fantastic job she does preserving and caring for our natural heritage at the museum and beyond.

They received 42 entries from 9 countries (Australia, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Portugal and USA ).

Professor Sharon Parker, the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, commented:

“Apart from the wonderfully detailed and beautiful drawings and the explicit efforts to capture aspects of work design in the story, I love how the artist used colour to draw attention to the ‘person’ as that resonates with our focus on people as critical in the work system”.

​Urban Sketcher and judge Lynne Chapman described the entry as:

 “Exceptional: detailed, communicative and beautiful. The different processes involved in the job are captured with understated and fascinating precision. The text is always relevant and is well integrated with the drawings, so that the work flows seamlessly along both sketchbooks.”


Selected for 30×30 Art Prize

Art Piece Gallery

This new, national, non-acquisitive prize is for a 2D work of art in any medium measuring 30 x 30 cm.

Judges are Susi Muddiman OAM, director of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and Amanda Penrose Hart, winner of the 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize.

Finalists’ Exhibition 24th November 2017 – 22 January 2018
Award Ceremony 25th November 2017 3pm

Emigration Immigration no 3 Lesser Sand Plovers and Vintage Suitcase 30 x 30cm watercolour on birch cradle

Goldfinch Redeemed

The Goldfinch Redeemed oil-on birch cradle 55x60cm








Goldfinch Redeemed was given 3rd prize in the easel section of the THE 42ND RIO TINTO MARTIN HANSON MEMORIAL ART AWARDS 2017

at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery by Judge Pat Hoffie.
14th October – 7th December 2017

Visitors are encouraged to take part in this year’s QAL People’s Choice Awards* by voting at the kiosks available within the Gallery & Museum until 5pm, Thursday 30 November 2017.

Selected finalist

Riswan (Merops philippinus) Sri Lanka 2014 50 x 70 cm charcoal and white chalk on paper


















Friday 20 October – Sunday 26 November 2017

30 Finalists announced
Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2017
Official Opening and Winner announced: Saturday 21 October, 5pm

Special guest: 2017 Finalist judge QUT Art Museum Curator, Kevin Wilson.

I’m very happy to have a portrait I made of my friend Riswan selected for this prize.

In our neighbourhood there are many migrants and refugees living in the community. Some live in limbo on temporary protection visas, trying to make themselves at home in a country which may or may not accept them. Some have already wrested out a reluctant acceptance to stay and are settling in to a new way of life. Some, like my family, have been here a generation and feel more Australian than Dutch.

Riswan is a friend, we serve together at our local Salvation Army drop in centre where he has been faithfully helping out every week for the last 4 years. He is seeking asylum from Sri Lanka, wishing to live in freedom from persecution as a Tamil. He came to the studio to sit for me and we chatted about his journey and his hopes for the future. His application to stay has been rejected but he still appeals in the hope he may be accepted.

The Bee eater has become a symbol as I think about our changing attitudes to migrants. Australia has one species (Merops ornatus) which has a close relative in the Bee Eater (Merops philippinus) which migrates through India and Sri Lanka. They look more similar than different.


Finalist Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Landscape Prize

A collaboration with Melbourne artist and friend Robert Fenton has been shortlisted

and will open Friday 10th February at the Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Southbank

Forma et Situs Agri – Marking our Path  2016 watercolour, ink, resin on paper on board

The pre-selection panel consisted of artist and Queensland College of Art Fine Art programme advisor, Julie Fragar, multi-disciplinary artist Chris Bennie, and director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard.
Pre-Selection Judge, Chris Bennie, said the standard of entries to the 2016/17 Bermingham Prize was very high.
“I am confident my colleagues and I have finalised an exhibition that successfully communicates the currency of watercolour as a significant, engaging and developing medium within Australian art,” he said.
We are also pleased to announce artist Michael Zavros as the Principal judge for 2017. Michael is a leading Australian artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His exceptional painting skills and extensive knowledge of contemporary Australian art will be of immense value to the judging process.
The selected artists will have their artwork showcased in the finalist exhibition opening on the 9 February 2017. The Major Prize ($20,000) and two Highly Commended Awards ($2,000 each) will be announced at the opening event on Friday 10 February 2017, open to the public from 6-8pm.

Finalist Redland Art Awards 2016

My work entitled Terra Australis 2 was shortlisted from over 400 entries to be a part of an exhibition

at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland until 27th November 2016.

Judges were Judy Watson (artist), Jose Da Silva (senior Curator QAGOMA), Emma Bain and Stephanie Lindquist (co Directors Redland Art Gallery)

Terra Australis 2  2015  82  x 102 cm watercolour and oil pencilweb

Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016

The idea of a migratory bird burdening itself with a collection of vintage airline bags is ridiculous. But then so is the thought that a migratory bird should not be allowed to make a journey with all its meagre possessions from its land to another land, so it can raise its young in safety.


The opening for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize is 1st September and the exhibition runs until the 2nd of October at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra.

'We travel a lot so collecting these made sense' Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags 46 x 61 cm watercolour

‘We travel a lot so collecting these made sense’ Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags 46 x 61 cm watercolour



Shortlisted for the Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards 2014

‘I guess I’ll never be satisfied because there are always more out there’ Kingfisher and Fish Knife 92 x 92 cm  has been selected to hang in this years EMSLA at the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery. This will be the 7th consecutive year my work has been selected to hang in this national prize. Judged by John McDonald, art critic.

'I guess I'll never be satisfied because there are always more out there' Kingfisher and Fish Knife 92x92 cm
‘I guess I’ll never be satisfied because there are always more out there’ Kingfisher and Fish Knife 92×92 cm

selected for Redlands Art Awards 2014

A new larger version of the Frogmouth  has been selected to hang in the Redland Art Awards 2014 held at Redland Art Gallery from 12th October – 23rd November

'They connect me to my past' Frogmouth Teapot 76 x76 cm oil on linen
‘They connect me to my past’ Frogmouth Teapot 76 x76 cm oil on linen


Hanging at Redland Art Award, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
Hanging at Redland Art Award, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Winner Best of Show

‘I guess I’ll never be satisfied because there are always more out there’ Kingfisher and Fish Knife was awarded Best of Show at the Ipswich Art Awards. Judged by Stephanie Lindquist, Director of the Redlands Regional Gallery, it also won Best Still Life.

'I guess I'll never be satisfied because there are always more out there' Kingfisher and Fish Knife 35 x 35 cm oil on linen

Meg in Milburn Prize

I have been pre selected for the Milburn Art Awards held at the Brisbane Institute of Art
with this work of my daughter Meg. The show runs 2nd – 14th May 2014 at BIS, Windsor.

Meg egg tempera emulsion on canvas 25 x 25 cm

Flying Arts Regional Art Awards

Agnieszka and Vonny  (2012 oil on panel 41 x 61 cm) was curated by Tim Morrell into this years Flying Arts Regional Art Awards. The opening was held at the State Library of Queensland 1st February and the show will tour around regional centres for 2014.