THE Society of Artists Newcastle has opened its annual exhibition The Newcastle Art Prize.
The exhibition's overall vibe is conservative with the new section of contemporary art not quite attracting modern artists.
A vibrant cubist-style painting appears contemporary until the realisation cubism occurred some 100 years ago.
But despite this, there are some little gems in the show.
An oil by Robert Robertson titled There's Always A Catch captures the essence of movement with sweeping brush strokes.
A nod to the famous Australian artist Robert Dickerson seems appropriate with an extensive field showing similar qualities to the broad expanses of negative space in a Dickerson portrait.
John Mawkes flattens the image with blocks of colour in his acrylic painting Lonesome Traveller.
The technique is somewhat raw and out of place in an exhibit celebrating the traditional.
However, it would be interesting to see whether it works well and in context with a mass grouping of his own or similar artists' works.
■ The Newcastle Art Prize is at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Hall, Auckland Street, Newcastle, until October 7. It is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday, Sunday and the public holiday from 9am to 5pm.