The first Scotchmans Hill Vineyard art prize was awarded in 1989. The recipient of the prize was contemporary Australian artist Peter Tyndall, selected by eminent curator and art historian Daniel Thomas.
Tyndall is well known for his use of bold line, text and stylised illustrations that draw on popular culture. His works invite us to consider the very act of looking at works of art and the cultural contexts for their display. The composition of this winning work effectively replicates - and heightens our attention to - the physical experience of viewing the work itself.
Integral to Tyndall’s work is the hanging mechanism and the formatted label that accompanies its presentation (presented here in the second image): text that makes reference to ‘cultural consumption’ and ‘production’. In other words, our viewing of the work he has created.