A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Barry and Lucy McCann, the Judges of the 2014 Aspects Art Show!
Barry and Lucy McCann live in Armidale NSW Australia, and are both full time artists. Together they run McCann Fine Art, producing, selling and teaching art.
Barry’s interest in art emerged as a young adult but it wasn’t until he enrolled in the Canberra School of Arts in an introductory course in watercolour that his appetite for art began. He stumbled upon a book about the life and works of John Singer Sargent and this has influenced him ever since. He has studied with many leading artists and in 2000 he began painting fulltime. His love of art has taken him to some of the best museums and art galleries in the world where he draws constant inspiration. His subject matter usually involves an animated object with a dramatic light effect and enjoys the constant challenge of trying to portray the illusion of both movement and form with a narrative theme.
He has been hung in numerous group exhibitions and art prizes including the “Achibald Prize” (Art Gallery of NSW), the “ City of Perth Black Swan Prize for Portraiture”, “The Kigour Prize ” (Newcastle Region Art Gallery), “ The Mortimore Prize ” in Dubbo and the “ Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize”.
From left to right - Katie Dight, Lucy McCann, Barry McCann on judging day.
Lucy McCann began her artistic career studying dress design at The National Art School which gave her the grounding in draftsmanship and design. She won a scholarship with JDW and was asked to design images of Australian themes for clothing, leading her to the study of screen printing also at The National Art School. She has been a teacher of art for 12 years in Australia, New Zealand & Italy.
Most recently she was a Finalist in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition 2012. She was also a finalist in the Taiwan-Australia Water-colour Exhibition 2012 and in the Mortimore Prize Landscape & Drawing 2011. She won the Unpackers Prize, Commended and People’s Choice Awards Norvill Art Prize 2010 as well as winning the Landscape Mortimore Prize 2010. She has done numerous NERAM exhibitions with her husband since 2002 as well as being a NERAM artist in residence. She has often been a selected exhibitor for the Australian Watercolour Institute for many years. She has taught and mentored internationally and been published in Australian Artists & Artists Palette Magazines.