Fire in­spires art win

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | News -

A PEM­BER­TON artist has won the pres­ti­gious 2017 Leonora Art Prize in the Gold­fields with a paint­ing mo­saic in­spired by the dev­as­tat­ing 2015 O’Sul­li­van bush­fire.

Tony Wind­berg said he was “ab­so­lutely over the moon” at hav­ing won the prize and his share of the $18,000 prize money. “I’m elated,” he said. He said the paint­ing, cre­ated last year and ti­tled Mo­saic Burn­ing 2, was in­spired by the hor­rific bush­fires which raged out of con­trol in the North­cliffe area, de­stroy­ing thou­sands of hectares of for­est.

“My re­sponse to that was to de­pict the ash cloud,” he said.

Wind­berg used paint sam­ple cards from hard­ware stores and even cut up sec­tions of his own artist pal­ettes, which had years worth of paint residue on them, all placed onto doors.

The paint was made and mixed by Wind­berg and in­cluded ashes from the fire.

Pic­ture: Andy Tyn­dall

Leonora Art Prize judges Simone John­ston and Sharon Tas­sicker ad­mire the win­ning art­work by Pem­ber­ton artist Tony Wind­berg.

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