Ra­di­ant art­work

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Yallingup artist Mary-Lynne Strat­ton took out the top gong at the pres­ti­gious Cos­sack Art Awards last Satur­day night. City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long pre­sented Strat­ton with Best Over­all Art­work for her piece Ra­di­ant Mi­rage.

Cos­sack came alive last Satur­day night when hun­dreds flocked to the his­toric town for the 2016 Cos­sack Art Awards.

More than $100,000 in prize money was awarded across 10 cat­e­gories, with WA artist Mary-Lynne Strat­ton win­ning best over­all art­work for her piece, Ra­di­ant Mi­rage.

Strat­ton said she was ec­static and grate­ful to have taken out the top prize, which was pre­sented to her by City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long.

“I’m ab­so­lutely over the moon,” she said.

“I ended the work think­ing ‘I hope I sell it up there — I hope it doesn’t have to come home again’.”

Strat­ton, a Yallingup local and land­scape artist, said com­plet­ing the win­ning piece was a lengthy process.

“It’s in en­caus­tic wax and oil paint and pig­ments, so I made an en­caus­tic mix out of pure beeswax, gum tur­pen­tine and ... crys­tals, and that’s melted to­gether to make a paste,” she said.

“I melt it all in a crock­pot and paint it on, on a flat sur­face, and then I get the heat gun or the iron out and play with the sur­face.”

Chan­nel 10 news an­chor Narelda Ja­cobs was mas­ter of cer­e­monies and Pil­bara MP Bren­don Grylls wel­comed lo­cals and vis­i­tors to the awards, ac­knowl­edg­ing the rich in­dige­nous his­tory of the re­gion.

“And you all, I hope... find the time over the week­end not just to visit the spec­tac­u­lar art on dis­play here but ven­ture up into the Kar­ratha hills, down into the Bur­rup, down to Deep Gorge and see some of that art that’s thou­sands and thou­sands of years old — the old­est known art form in the world right here in our back­yard,” he said.

“You all tonight meet on Ngar­luma land. .. to con­tinue a tra­di­tion of thou­sands and thou­sands of years of look­ing, re­spect­ing, dis­cussing art.”

Mr Long high­lighted the im­por­tance of such a pres­ti­gious event for the Pil­bara and thanked judges Jenny Wat­son, Lau­rie Nil­son and Sasha Gr­ishin who were given the “un­en­vi­able task” of de­cid­ing the win­ners. Many prom­i­nent fig­ures were in the crowd, in­clud­ing the manag­ing di­rec­tor of the event’s big­gest spon­sor, Rio Tinto, Clay­ton Walker, Du­rack MHR Melissa Price, Ngar­luma el­der Pansy Hicks and Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Mark Lewis on be­half of Premier Colin Bar­nett.

Af­ter the awards pre­sen­ta­tion, at­ten­dees en­joyed food and drink catered by Em­pire 6714 and live mu­sic from the Mad Hat­ters.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open un­til Au­gust 14. For in­for­ma­tion about other Cos­sack Art Award events in­clud­ing work­shops, show­cases and dis­cus­sions visit cos­sackartawards.com.au.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Judges Lau­rie Nilsen and Sasha Gr­ishin with win­ner Mary-Lynne Strat­ton, and Peter Long.

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