Congratulations to Mertim Gokalp

on Becoming the 2017 Kennedy Prize Winner

with his work “Get Ready For Dinner”

2017 Kennedy Prize Winner, Mertim Gokalp


“This is a portrait of famous chef Manu Feildel, he is getting ready for a dinner with his homemade cream…”

The witty ‘Getting Ready for Dinner’ captivated the judges because of several commendable factors. Its dynamic composition captures a theatrical mood that is enigmatically engaging and full of suspense. The artist shows exceptional ability to arrest the viewer with intense depiction light on its subject, from the glossiness of the teeth, the smallest hair on the ear, to the muted colour of tattooed skin. It is reminiscent of the renaissance artist’s use of the chiaroscuro technique. Like a mesmerising Caravaggio, the more contemporary painting displays a striking use of strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model the charismatic chef Manu Feildel to highly dramatic effect. Equally the ability to apply sharp focused areas with more diffused tones and detail reinforced this piece as masterful, almost cinematic. The judges were impressed by the clever reference to both cooking and grooming, despite the nearly brutal undertones it still manages to maintain an affectionate and humorous narrative.

2017 Kennedy Prize Winner Mertim Gokalp and artwork

Kennedy Prize 2017 Finalists


  • Lisa Ingerson

  • Alison Mitchell

  • Donald Lock

  • Leah D Jeffries

  • Margaret Ingles

  • Greta Laundy

  • Jason Moad

  • Cathy Yarwood – Mahy

  • David Mcleod

  • Belinda Wiltshire

  • Stephen Pleban

  • Mark Thompson

  • Patrick Cassar

  • Scott McDougall

  • Dianne Vanstone

  • Andrea Malone

  • Philip David

  • Liz Sullivan

  • Sally Ryan

  • Sophie Downey

  • Cat Leonard

  • Ross Morgan

  • Jasmin Carter

  • Erika Gofton

  • Antoinette Barbouttis

  • Glenn Kestell

  • Mertim Gokalp