Turbo Brown wins Victorian Indigenous art prize - Art Collector

16 March 2012 | Trevor “Turbo” Brown is the winner of the $25,000 Deadly Art Award, the main prize in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

The awards, which total $50,000 across five categories, are open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living in Victoria. This year there were 132 entries and 27 shortlisted works, which ranged traditional painting and weaving to photography, drawing, sculpture, video and street art.

Brown was selected for his work
Owl Dreaming , a portrait of a spirit owl he rescued while living in Mildura. He is a Latji Latji man who used to be homeless and who took up painting in 2001.

California Gully artist Simon Penrose, a first time entrant, won the $5,000 award for works on paper, while Glenda Nicholls won two awards, the CAL Award for three-dimensional works and Koorie Heritage Trust Acquisition Award, both worth $5,000.

The winners were selected by a judging panel including Jason Smith, director of Victoria’s Heide Museum of Art, and artists Treahna Hamm and Clinton Nain.

The works from the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards will be on exhibition at the Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery in Melbourne until 31 March 2012.

Zoe Wilesmith

Above: Trevor 'Turbo' Brown, Owl Dreaming, 2011. Acrylic on linen, 123 x 92cm. Courtesy: the artist

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