Spinifex Hill Studio artists Doreen Chapman and Nyapuru (William) Gardiner received prizes at the 2017 Cossack Art Awards on Saturday 22 July, capping a strong six months for both artists.
Doreen Chapman won her third prize at Cossack Art Awards in three years when she was selected for the Best Artwork by Pilbara Artist. The judges praised her use of bold and bright colours, as well as using shapes to break down negative space in her artwork.
Nyapuru (William) Gardiner’s winning streak continues as he was presented with the Painting by Pilbara Indigenous Artist Award for his portrait piece ‘Thurla Glass’. His work was described by the judges as “… mysterious and it is great to see artists experimenting, pushing the mediums and expectations of Indigenous art”.
It has been an outstanding year for the Spinifex Hill Studio and its artists. Doreen and Nancy Chapman’s works were included in the group exhibition Flight: Aboriginal perspectives from the sky which opened in the FORM Gallery in Perth earlier this year; and Nyapuru (William) Gardiner held successful solo exhibitions in Brisbane and Melbourne in the first half of 2017 and was presented with a Highly Commended Award at the inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize in Tasmania this month.
Images: Cossack Art Awards opening night, Saturday 22 July 2017 – courtesy of City of Karratha