Brian Robinson and Churchill Cann win WA Indigenous Art Awards - Art Collector

Brian Robinson, …and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish, 2013, wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell . Courtesy: the artist, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

28 August 2013 | Multidisciplinary artist Brian Robinson has been awarded the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award for 2013, which celebrates exceptional achievements by Australian Indigenous artists.

The award has a unique structure - artists are initially nominated by their peers and are then shortlisted by the judging panel. Working in collaboration with the curator for a year, the finalists are then invited to present a body of work created over the preceding two years.

Brian Robinson's body of work is shown above and below. Born on Waiben (Thursday Island), Queensland, his work represents customs of the Torres Strait Islanders while also referencing other mythology from around the globe. The judging panel for this year's Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards commented that his works reveal images portrayed in the tradition of Renaissance frescoes recast with traditional characters from the Torres Strait Islands.


Brian Robinson, Up in the heavens the gods contemplate their next move [secret charms are given to man], 2012. Wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell, 400 x 350 x 50 cm. Courtesy: the artist, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

The awards also present a prize for the most exceptional Western Australian Indigenous artist. This award went to Churchill Cann - an example of his work is below. Born in Warmum, Western Australia, Cann's work was noted by the judges to be purposeful, organic and dynamic documentations of country.

Churchill Cann, Doogoorenyinem, 2012. Natural ochres and pigment on canvas, 120 x 90cm. Courtesy: the artist, Warmun Art Centre, Western Australia, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

This year's judging panel was comprised of Hetti Perkins, former senior curator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Clotide Bullen, curator of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia since 2005; and John Barrett-Lennard, former director of Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

The exhibition of the sixteen selected finalists for the fifth Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth until 27 January 2014.



Alexandra Djurichkovic



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