Chris Martin’s Le Grand Chef won The Lethbridge Gallery’s Lethbridge 10000 competition on Saturday, June 10.

The contest, in which hundreds of beautiful and noteworthy pieces were entered for consideration, originated from the gallery’s desire to foster the next generation of artists. Now in its eighth year, it can attribute its popularity to its reputation as a place that exhibits “works of exceptional detail and creativity.”

Le Grand Chef’s French-inspired depictions fully embodies the characteristics on which Lethbridge 10000 prides itself on.

Upon winning first place, Martin received the $10,000 prize money.

Artists were required to create 2D paintings, drawings, or photographs that showed “creativity, originality and skill” to enter the competition.

The competition’s five finalists were Lukifer Aurelis with Penumbra, Selway Lampard with Your Voice Hurts My Ears, Darren Hughes with Marcells Morning Blues,

Bee Burke with Creatures of the Beach I, and Aimee Nesbitt with Hallucination. All

received category awards alongside $300 gift vouchers from sponsor Art Shed Brisbane.

Due to the number of impressive entries, the panelists included Weight by Michael SimmsSuspended Transience by Michelle MolinariGinathon – A Recipe by Oliver Sheperd, Ooze by Francis Cull, and Desires Desires Desires by Moon Hee Kim as honourable mentions.

All the artworks are available for sale. The exhibition will run until Sunday, 18 June.

See socials from Lethbridge’s first exhibition of 2017 here.


Banner Image: ‘Le Grand Chef’ by Chris Martin