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