NARROWING down 132 entries to 24 finalists and then to one winner, the judges of the 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize had a difficult job.
The chosen winner was announced on Thursday night at the Mechanics Institute in Moruya.
The judges chose Susan Chancellor's artwork, ‘The Family Lounge’ as the winner of this year’s $15,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize.
The work was chosen from the 24 shortlisted works and was announced at the gala opening event by Mr Sellers’ representative, Mr Peter Burrows.
The work will become part of Basil Sellers’ private collection.
The judges, head of the Canberra School of Art Dr Denise Ferris, co-director of the Beaver Galleries Martin Beaver and Chief Executive Officer of the Bundanon Trust Deborah Ely, ‘The Family Lounge’ stood out because of its subtle complexities.
"Susan has demonstrated excellent technique in her exploration of an ordinary subject to create a work that continuously draws you back," Dr Ferris said.
"You just have to keep looking at it."
Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Lindsay Brown said the quality of the entries for the art prize has continued to grow since 2006.
"This year the works in the finalists’ exhibition convey a strong sense of place and connection to the land," Cr Brown said.
"It always reminds me of the amazing amount of creative talent we have in our region."
The Basil Sellers Art Prize Exhibition is open at the Mechanics Institute until Thursday October 23.
There will be a winner’s floor talk on Sunday October 12 at 2pm.