Local motion designer and 3D artist, Liam Pope, has been crowned first prize winner of the inaugural GreasyBalds art prize for his work titled CHEERS! at a special event held at Grease Monkey in Braddon today. The prize winners were announced by ACT Minister for the Arts, Tara Cheyne MLA.

“We were so impressed by the response from local artists to the inaugural GreasyBalds Art Prize. As a locally owned and operated business we wanted to get involved in something different and unearth some existing and emerging talent. We had 127 entries from the Canberra region, and we were honestly blown away with the calibre of entries,” said Grease Monkey owner, Nick Tuckwell.

“Our Canberra born and bred business is always looking for ways to get involved in the Canberra community, and this time around it was with a focus on art. We put the call out to uncover talented local designers, illustrators, and underground artists from the Canberra region, and quite honestly the standard has been overwhelmingly high.

“It was so difficult to choose, in the end our Grand Prize winner is Liam Pope for his artwork titled CHEERS! It perfectly captured Grease Monkey’s fun, welcoming and relaxed vibe with cool eats, while showcasing Liam’s skills in 3D and 2D animation and compositing tools.” continued Nick.

Nick Tuckwell was joined by ACT Minister for the Arts, Tara Cheyne MLA, as the winners were announced in front of members of Canberra’s arts community and partner judges – local artist and Design Lead at Hide and Seek, James Manning, and Canberra Times Food Critic, Chris Hansen.

As overall winner, Liam Pope scored the cash prize of $3000 from Grease Monkey. Martin Vant scored the Minor Prize of $1500 cash for his digitally drawn artwork, and Michael Steele took out the runner up prize of $750 in Grease Money for his cake creation inspired by a Grease Monkey meal. Due to the volume and high quality of GreasyBalds entries, two additional prizes were awarded – Danielle O’Reilly and Nathan Garrard both won highly commended.

“Cheers to all the local artists that got so creative with the Grease Monkey brand. And to the winners, take a bow,” Nick continued.

For more information, visit www.greasys.com.au/greasybalds