From The Australian
12:00AM December 5, 2016
Ben Winspear has won this year’s AME Bale Travelling Scholarship, a $50,000 prize for emerging artists that will allow him to broaden his horizons in Italy.
Winspear, 48 and based in central Victoria, came late to painting, having left a career in earthmoving in his early 30s to work as an artist. He was one of 160 contenders for the prize, which centres on traditional realism and figurative art and was established by the estate of Alice Marian Ellen Bale, a Victorian painter noted for her depictions of flowers who died in 1955.
With the scholarship money, Winspear will travel to Florence to study the work of the old masters and attend the city’s academy of art. Recently voted Victorian Artists Society Artist of the Year, he says in a statement: “Pursuing a career in fine art can be a hard road, financially. To win this scholarship, to travel freely and study in this historical part of the world is a dream come true.”