Paul’s political picture places top of Solar Art Prize pack – Victor Harbor Times

Port Elliot artist Paul Whitehead is one of four section winners of the 2020 Solar Art Prize.

Mr Whitehead entered two artworks – ‘Back in the Black’ and ‘Fiji Holiday’ – in this year’s prize, which was environmentally-themed.

‘Back in the Black’ depicts Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying “We’re Back in the Black” while holding a piece of the large pile of coal he is standing in, and in the background there is mining machinery, a ‘surplus coal mine’ sign, and a wagon with ‘political donations’ on the side and a large bag of money sitting inside.

He said it represented the current government’s policies surrounding coal and the donations it receives from fossil fuel companies, and the cartoon was a play on words regarding black coal and the economy being “in the black”.

“It’s nice to get environmental stuff out there. With coronavirus, the environment has been put on the backburner a bit,” he said.

Mr Whitehead was “very pleased” the watercolour piece was the winner of the caricature (political satire) category.

“I’m doing a little bit to educate people and make people think,” he said.

He has entered the Solar Art Prize the last three years, but this was the first time the caricature section was included in the competition, and his entry was the first time he had drawn a political cartoon.

“A special thanks to Pip and the organisers for proceeding with the show in these uncertain times,” his post said.

Mr Whitehead opened Gallery 45 in Port Elliot, which houses not only his and other South Australian artists’ works, but it is where his working studio is set up as well.

He enjoys creating both in his studio and outdoors.

While he creates art with various mediums including oil, gouache, watercolour, and charcoal, he is also a photographer.