Jenny Crompton wins Victoria’s richest Indigenous art prize - Art Collector

Photo: Jenny Crompton. Courtesy: Brett Kiteley.

Bellbrae artist Jenny Crompton has won Victoria’s richest Indigenous art prize at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

Crompton, who takes much of her artistic inspiration from Victoria’s surf coast, won the $30,000 Deadly Art Award for her intricate installation of found objects, impressing the judges with her work’s delicate construction techniques and distinct sense of place.

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Gathering at Godocut, the winning work is crafted from seawood and binder, taking a form that is inspired by Aboriginal tapping sticks. Crompton collected the materials from a beach where her ancestors once lived (known as Godocut in indigenous Wadawurrung language).

More than $50,000 in prizes were presented at the Awards ceremony, with Wonthaggi artist Patrice Mahoney receiving the $5,000 Federation University Australia Acquisitive Award and Deanne Gilson receiving the $5,000 Australian Catholic University Acquisitive Award. Other award winners included Footscray artist Paola Balla and Glennys Briggs.

Displayed at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the exhibition features 35 works of both traditional and contemporary artmaking practices, ranging from photography, painting, video and sculpture to traditional basket weaving techniques

The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibits at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until Sunday 5 October 2014.

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