Anne Judell

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Anne Judell
Melbourne, Australia
EducationRMIT University, Melbourne
Known forDrawing
Notable work
Breath (2011) (triptych)
AwardsDobell Prize, 2011

Anne Judell (born 1942) is an Australian artist and winner of the 2011 Dobell Prize for drawing.

Judell was born in Melbourne in 1942, and studied at RMIT University. She moved to Sydney in 1977 and then to the New South Wales southern highlands in 1992, returning to Melbourne in 2014.[1]

The work of Judell was the subject of a 2002 exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre.[1] A 2007 drawing executed in gesso and charcoal on Hahnemühle paper, First light, was selected for inclusion in the Blake Prize exhibition.[2] In 2011, after having been a finalist nine times,[3] she won the Dobell Prize for a triptych, Breath, done in pastel on paper. Judge of the competition, Guy Warren, observed:

"In a world of clashes and chaos this work speaks of something different. With dense layers and subtle surfaces it talks of the mystery of growth, of essences and fragility, of quiet contemplation. It is like a thought once understood and lost, which one tries to grasp again."[1]

A distinctive feature of Judell's method is the time taken to create a drawing, with individual pieces sometimes taking several years. She was reported saying that Breath was unusual in being completed in one year.[3]

Judell's 2011 prize-winning work is held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales,[1][4] the National Gallery of Australia,[5] and the National Gallery of Victoria.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Anne Judell wins Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011". Art Gallery of New South Wales. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. ^ Judell, Anne (2007). "First light". The Blake Prize Society. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Westwood, Matthew (3 December 2011). "Anne Judell's picture of nothing wins the Dobell Prize". The Australian. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  4. ^ Contemporary Australian Drawing 20 Years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing written by Helen Campbell, Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan Art Gallery of NSW | ISBN 9781741740868
  5. ^ Judell, Anne (1986). "Cathedral". Australian Prints + Printmaking. Centre for Australian Art. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  6. ^ Judell, Anne (1988–1991). "Still point no. 31". Collection online. National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 29 August 2013.