REKO RENNIE WINS ALBANY ART PRIZE
Reko Rennie wins Albany Art Prize - Art Collector
|Reko Rennie, Bunbury Street, 2013. Acrylic and ink on linen, 170 x 120cm. Courtesy: the artist, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, and The City of Albany Art Prize, Western Australia|
|2 October 2013 | The winners of the 2013 City of Albany Art Prize have just been announced.|
Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie was awarded the main $25,000 acquisitive prize for his painting Bunbury Street, pictured above. It depicts the street in the western suburbs of Melbourne where Rennie spent his early teenage years painting on the street. He states that the hand drawn symbols - the crown, diamond and Aboriginal flag - are an emblematic statement on the original royalty of Australia.
|Frank Walsh Snr, Wandarrie Country rock art, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 46 x 46cm. Courtesy: the artist, Wirnda Barna Artists, Western Australian and The City of Albany Art Prize, Western Australia|
|West Australian-based Indigenous artist Frank Walsh Snr was awarded the $2,500 Commendation Award for his painting Wandarrie Country rock art, pictured above. It depicts sacred rock art symbols of Wandarrie country, located north of Mount Magnet in Western Australia.|
The judging panel for this year's awards comprised Peter McKay, curator of contemporary Australian art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Lee Kinsella, project coordinator of exhibitions at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in the University of Western Australia in Perth; and Carly Lane, independent curator.
The finalists exhibition includes the winning works alongside works from artists including Richard Lewer, Viv Miller, Stephanie Wilson and Phaptawan Suwannakudt. It is on display at the Albany Town Hall in Albany, Western Australia, until 27 October 2013.
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