Michael Cook wins Deadly prize - Art Collector

Michael Cook, Undiscovered #2 & #8, 2010. Inkjet print, edition of 8, 124 x 100cm. Courtesy: the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

10 October 2011 | Photo artist Michael Cook is the winner of the Deadly Awards’ Artist of the Year prize.

The Deadly Awards, the largest Indigenous awards in Australia, also celebrate achievements in sport, business, education and leadership.

“It's fantastic to see the Deadlys becoming such a great event, acknowledging the hard work and commitment throughout Indigenous Australia. The kids get to see their role models, sports stars and actors and realise what can be achieved," says Cook.

Cook has worked as a freelance commercial photographer, and held his first solo exhibition as an artist last year. His photography often restages stories told by communities and people that Cook encounters.

Earlier this year he was a finalist in the 2011 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and also a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

Jane O'Sullivan

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