Congratulations David J Rose, the winner of our exclusive competition to win a FREE copy of McCulloch’s New Encylopaedia of Australian Art. We were inundated with several entries and David’s stood out for a number of reasons: his entry captured the ambivalent nature of Pro Hart and his relationship to art, the art scene and world at large, he did also it in verse [which is always a winner], and he observed the rules of the comp, something beyond most of the entrants.
An outback artist with singular vision
Despite the critics’ derision.
Due to the praise of the Little Digger
(Despite images so trite
Which got the critics to bite)
His reputation (alas?) grew bigger
And so, Pro Hart is finding his place
– and the critics have egg on their face.
So if it is ‘rustic’ you want
Pro is your man
Outback Oz was his forte
With colours so bold
— and the critics do admire the prices
at which they are sold!
Our runners up were are two well known personages in our Comments community – the highly talented Spiv and the misnamed Undiscovered. Congratulations, gentlemen, you get a whopping $50 Discount Off the tome’s cover price of $295.