South Hedland artist in running for top award
I’m teaching my grandchildren to understand . . . things like this.
South Hedland artist Nyaparu (William) Gardiner’s love for his region has been reflected in a painting which has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.
The Black Swan Prize is one of Australia’s richest portraiture prizes, which proudly showcases and promotes some of Australia’s most talented artists.
Prizes include the $50,000 Lester Group Prize, the $7500 People’s Choice Prize by the Baldock Family, and the $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize.
Mr Gardiner’s painting, Early Days, is part of his art series which reflects on his life.
“Some of these paintings that I illustrate is just to show that that’s how we used to live, mostly around this Pilbara area to Marble Bar,” he said.
“I’m teaching my grandchildren to understand old sorts of things like this.”
A total of 40 finalists have been chosen for this year’s award, which is in its 12th year.
More than 500 artists entered the portrait prize this year, the second-biggest total to enter since ARTrinsic Inc created the event.
The works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from October 27 to November 26. The winner will be announced on November 2.
Nyaparu (William) Gardiner’s portrait, Early Days, which has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Black Swan Prize.