Nocturne23 (detail) by Joshua Charadia, winner of the 2023 Perry Prize for Drawing

2023 Perry Prize Winner

Congratulations to Joshua Charadia, this year's Perry Prize winner

We congratulate Sydney-based visual artist Joshua Charadia, winner of the $25,000 acquisitive Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2023, for his work titled Nocturne23.

From over 400 entries, this year’s judge, Imants Tillers, artist, writer and curator, selected forty finalists for exhibition. He commended the entries of M Bozzec, Damian Dillon and Tia Madden, before announcing Joshua Charadia’s work as the recipient of the 2023 award at the opening event on Friday 24 February at Adelaide Perry Gallery in Sydney.

At the end of the Exhibition of Finalists, the work voted 'most popular' by visitors to the Gallery will be awarded the 2023 People's Choice Award.

Embracing the spirit of Romanticism, I approach these usually cold and unyielding scenes through the lens of the personal and emotive.

Joshua Charadia, Artist

Charadia has cast his aesthetic and critical eye on the complex forms of Australia’s industrial landscape.​ His '​Nocturnes' ​series ​explores the nature of consciousness and perception through depictions of the industrial landscape at night. Working from photographs, ​he utilise​s​ ​oil paint and ​charcoal to capture the peculiar beauty of these scenes. As night falls, constellations of lights scatter across ​coastal ports​. In this light, even the dense infrastructure of container yards ​are​ transformed​ into works of movement and beauty.​

Joshua has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from the National Art School, Sydney (2017).

He presented solo exhibitions in Sydney and Katoomba, and been featured in group exhibitions across Australia. Joshua has also been a finalist in numerous art prizes, including the prestigious Sulman Prize (2020) and Dobell Drawing Prize (2021, 2019). In 2021 he won the South West Sydney Award at the Fisher's Ghost Art Award, and in 2018 he won 2nd place at the Belle ArtStart Prize.

His works are held in the National Art School collection and private collections in Australia, the UK and USA.

For more information about Joshua and his work, click here to visit his website.