A Pemberton-based artist has been named as the only WA finalist in an event that celebrates the top glass arts talent from across the country. Peter Kovacsy, 68, is one of 13 people short-listed in the Tom Malone Prize 2021, which is on show in the Art Gallery of WA until July. Kovacsy, who also appeared in the competition in 2018, said it felt like a milestone to have his work recognised in such an event. “Following on from 32 years of practice, not being connected to agents, dealers and commercial galleries, to find that there is a space for your work to be shown in the WA art galleries is actually quite a humbling moment,” he said. Kovacsy creates impactful glass sculptures which play with light but also works in a variety of other mediums including timber. The artist has worked hard to stand independently as an honest artist to leave behind a legacy. “The studio practice from day one was set up so it allowed me to survive the creative journey but be independent as a practitioner and that meant you had to take on the role of selling,” he said. “There is always, in the background, this consciousness to be authentic, to pull back your ego, don’t do the work for ego, fame and fortune, but add to that fabric of the structure, the creative warp and weft of a region, which takes time.” The winner of the prize, which is set to be announced next Thursday, receives $15,000 and has their work become part of the State Art Collection.