By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
'A PIECE of art needs to impact you personally, it must be individualised and have your own expression.'
These were the words of Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards judge Tony Ellwood, who began judging the art awards yesterday.
Mr Ellwood said the awards, which were to be announced tonight, would be judged on his personal reaction to the art.
'I judge not only on my personal reaction to the art piece, but also the way it works as an artistic piece and the technique or material used,' he said.
Although Mr Ellwood has never judged in Queensland before, he believes regional areas tend to have more artistic practitioners than the bigger city areas.
Mr Ellwood said he had always enjoyed judging regional areas.
'I found that some of the most prominent and well-known artists came from regional areas,' he said.
Mr Ellwood has been trained as an assistant art administrator, and has been in the art field for 15 years.
He is the National Gallery of Victoria deputy director.
He will present the awards at a special function tonight.