Ganambarr wins $50,000 WA Art Awards - Art Collector

Gunybi Ganambarr, Lorr, 2010. Ochre, earth pigment and acrylic binder on insulation material, 120 x 111cm. Courtesy: the artist and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala

29 August 2011 | Gunybi Ganambarr is the winner of the $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards.

Ganambarr, who works out of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre in the Northern Territory, is known for his contemporary take on traditional media.

"Gunybi Ganambarr’s works of art – informed by his Yolngu identity – offer sumptuously rich aesthetic experiences,” says Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, a curator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and one of the judges of this year’s awards.

Iseger-Pilkington adds: “They come into being through his masterful command of media and a willingness to explore new formal and imaginative territories through the incorporation of unexpected materials such as conveyor belt rubber and insulation material.

“Ganambarr’s unique approach to creating sculptural forms, often incised, or giving them further dimension through a process of building up existing surfaces, creates depth and space across otherwise flat planes. These contain, and project an incredible amount of pictorial activity.”

Ganambarr was selected from a field of 16 finalists which also included Pitjantjarra artist Angkaliya Curtis, Gija painter Patrick Mung Mung, and former National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award winner Danie Mellor.

Jan Billycan was named the winner of the $10,000 prize for West Australian artists.

The award exhibition continues at the Art Gallery of Western Australia until 19 December 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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