Kenneth Jack Annual Memorial Drawing Prize

How it came about
Kenneth Jack was on the founding committee of AGRA and later became a patron. After Kenneth’s passing in 2006 AGRA wanted to honour him and recognise the importance he placed on drawing and thus AGRA created the AGRA Kenneth Jack Drawing Prize commencing in 2007. 


Kenneth Jack AM MBE RWS (5.10.24-10.6.06) was an Australian watercolour artist, who specialised in painting the images of an almost forgotten outback life: old mines, abandoned ghost towns, decaying farm buildings.  


He became a professional painter at the age of 39 after giving up his job as senior instructor at the Caulfield Institute of Technology.  In 1977 he was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society and in 1982 was award the MBE and the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987.  He continued working until his death.  


Kenneth Jack made many wonderful drawings. The Kenneth Jack Annual Memorial Drawing Prize is sponsored by the Jack Family.



Awarded to: Elena Kolotusha for 'The Thinker'



2018 Kenneth Jack Annual Memorial Drawing Prize

The 2017 KJAM Drawing Prize was  won by Elena Kolotusha. David Jack representing the Jack family handing the Kenneth Jack Prize to Elena looked on by Raymond Kenyon (AGRA President).  Alan Cross was the Judge.

 2016 KJAM Drawing Award won by It Hao Pheh.  Above is David Jack representing the Jack family handing the Kenneth Jack Prize to It Hao, looked on by David Braun (S A), and Heather Wickstead.  

The 2013 winner Janet Matthews with Betty Jack and Judge David Jack.
Winning artwork “Hmmm Greens, Black Swan”. 

2016 slide show

The 2015 winner Chris McClelland, “The Hunter’s Five,” behind Chris (see the drawing on his blog) centre with daughter and Margie, left Betty Jack and David and Heather Wickstead(Jack) on the right,

The 2012 winner Elena Kolotusha seen here with Betty Jack and a Kenneth Jack drawing as part of the prize, 
Winning artwork 'Lines and Circles' is behind.

2017 slide show

The 2014 winner Patricia Galli, and Judge David Jack with her winning work 'Gallery Entrance'

The 2011 winner Pamela Moore.  Thel Carter (2011 Pres AGRA) with judge Alec Bell and Betty Jack handing Pamela the KJ Prize.  
winning artwork 'Little Girl in a Big Chair'

The 2009 Winner was Lisa Wang - “Cardiac Anatomical” .  

The 2008 Winner was Betina Fauvel-Ogden seen here accepting the KJAM Drawing Prize from Betty Jack.  

The Inaugural 2007 KJ Drawing Prize, Betty Jack giving the prize to Margaret Gurney, the first winner of this prestigous prize. .

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