POR­TRAIT OF DARK­NESS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Art -

TOWN of Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah is the win­ner of the Popular Choice Award at the 2014 Vic­to­ria Park Art Awards.

The Perth-born artist’s self­por­trait Sons of Sy­co­rax refers to the character Cal­iban and his dead witch-mother Sy­co­rax from Shake­speare’s The Tem­pest.

The piece makes ref­er­ence to the black bal­loons tied to the let­ter­boxes of Mus­lim fam­i­lies and their sup­port­ers in the re­cent ‘Stop the mosque’ protests in Bendigo.

Sons of Sy­co­rax re­ceived 18 per cent of the vote, nar­rowly edg­ing out Emer­son La­mond’s NitCPotALPT which re­ceived 17 per cent.

“We had some fan­tas­tic judges for the art awards, how- ever as art speaks to all peo­ple, it’s great to have a popular choice award so com­mu­nity mem­bers could have their say and choose which piece they pre­ferred,” Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said.

Mr Ab­dul­lah, who also won the Award for Ex­cel­lence, will re­ceive $500 thanks to Popular Choice Award spon­sor Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att.

Son­sofSy­co­rax by Vic­to­ria Park artist Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah.

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