South Hed­land artist in run­ning for top award

North West Telegraph - - News -

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.

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