City of Karratha

Historic town alive with art awards

24 Jul 2018

The historic town of Cossack in the City of Karratha shone this evening as the winners of the 26th annual Cossack Art Awards were announced.

Almost $90,000 in prize money was awarded across ten artwork categories with the Horizon Power People’s Choice Award and Rio Tinto Artist in Residency prize still to be announced.

Some three hundred artworks from across the country were entered into this year’s exhibition showcasing some of the best artistic talent in Australia and highlighting the exceptional calibre of the local Pilbara arts scene.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor Grant Cucel said the Cossack Art Awards were a highlight on the national arts calendar and the artworks submitted each year made for increasingly difficult judging decisions.

“The Cossack Art Awards are a jewel in the crown of our annual events calendar, attracting artists who submit works and visitors who take in the exhibition from right across Australia,” Cr Cucel said.

“Our 2018 exhibition and program of complementary events is once again outstanding, embracing the incredible local arts scene we are lucky enough to have here in the Pilbara and providing a national platform for our most talented artists,” he said.

“The winning pieces announced tonight are simply spectacular, a more than fair representation of the quality of the Cossack Art Awards and the weight this arts prize holds at a national level.”

Presented by the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto, the 2018 Cossack Art Awards exhibition will now be open to the public each day from 22 July to 12 August. Admission is free.

Rio Tinto General Manager Ports Dampier Jess Farrell said this year’s Cossack Art Awards exhibition was an incredible reflection of the beauty of the Pilbara landscape and people.

“The awards are a representation of the talent, our landscape and the people who reside in the Pilbara. Each year the caliber of talent on display continues to impress,” Ms Farrell said.

“On behalf of Rio Tinto, I want to congratulate this year’s entrants and winners. I strongly encourage people to take the time to visit the exhibition and get involved with the other activities happening at Cossack in the coming weeks.”


RESULTS:

Best Overall - $15,000
Sponsor - City of Karratha
Artist: Eveline Kotai
Title: Horizontal Shift
Artwork No: 4062
Location: White Gum Valley, WA
Judges’ comments:
There is a pull between abstraction and landscape in this work. All of the colours feel very representative of the local environment. The weaving design and colours read like stratified layers, from the berries and roots in the ground upwards and reflect the country. The splashes throughout depict a wonderful use of colour. A real stand out of the exhibition.

Best Artwork by Pilbara Artist - $10,000
Sponsor - Pilbara Ports Authority
Artist: Wendy Darby
Title: Country Tableland
Artwork No: 3650
Location: Roebourne, WA
Judges’ comments:
A lovely image that has a real sense of presence and shape. This aerial view depicts the same lines and patterns of the country as you see from overhead. The different passages of colour ‘pops’ against each other. There is a lot of complexity in this work but at the same time, there is a real sense of simplicity.

Emerging Young Artist - $8,000
Sponsor - CITIC Pacific Mining
Artist: Jessica Willison
Title: Yindibarni Country
Artwork No: 3110
Location: Roebourne, WA
Judges’ comments
A view of what we can see outside. Beautiful use of composition and colour, there is a lovely balance to it. There is a reference to a landscape near the beach that really reflects this place. The use of colour is outstanding and the work is to the same high standard as others across the exhibition.

Painting by Pilbara Indigenous Artist - $8,000
Sponsor – Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd
Artist: Melissa Sandy
Title: Colours Through the Rocks
Artwork No:  3532
Location: Roebourne, WA
Judges’ comments
A very different artwork. The unique brush marks and use of colour in this work makes it out a stand out. This is an interesting approach to the landscape and abstraction. The very intricate line work is fascinating for the viewer. The palette is different, more subtle and represents a different time of day. It’s an aerial view of the landscape that has that special something.

Works on Paper - $8,000
Sponsor – Novo Resources Corp
Artist: Kelli Dawson
Title: Cruising into Withnell Bay
Artwork No: 3728
Location: Dongara, WA
Judges’ comments:
A resolved and thought out image. This work has a good, strong composition. It’s a narrative that includes environmental elements and engages in local comment. Very strong technique, this work really stands out in this category.

Painting Open Theme - $8,000
Sponsor - Rio Tinto
Artist: Gregory Tothill
Title: Timeless Horizon – Pentecost River, El Questro, Kimberley
Artwork No: 4088
Location: Sorrento, WA
Judges’ comments:
The composition of this work is very well organised and avoids been clichéd. There is a sense of light that is reflected in the image, you can almost taste the water! The technique is amazing and as a realist work it is truly outstanding.

Painting Pilbara Landscape - $8,000
Sponsor - Rio Tinto
Artist: Kathy Samson
Title: Standing Stone
Artwork No: 3644
Location: Roebourne, WA
Judges’ comments:
The vibrancy of the colours is outstanding. The ochres against the other bright colours produce a quiet sense of its own strength. The vibrant colours really stand out and makes for a beautiful representation of the local hills of the landscape.

Portraits - $8,000
Sponsor – City of Karratha
Artist: William Nyaparu Gardiner
Title: One of my Family
Artwork No: 3316
Location: South Hedland, WA
Judges’ comments:
Reminiscent of a Sidney Nolan with its vibrant use of colour. There is a sense of shifting movement in the hands and shoulders of the subject, with lovely drawn passages. The landscape is barely there but very evocative, reflecting the heat of the Pilbara desert.

Invited Artists - $8,000
Sponsor - ECM Pty Ltd
Artist: Laurie Nona
Title: Waru Danalaig
Artwork No: 3200
Location: Badu Island
Judges’ comments:
The high quality of works across this category makes for a very difficult decision. The subtle, beautiful colours of this work really tell a story, with the hidden elements – patterns, contrast, symbols, providing hints of information for the viewer. A highly resolved image that reads as a crisp, cohesive image.

North West Flora and Fauna - $8,000
Sponsor – ATCO Power Australia
Artist: Coral Blasgund
Title: The Kingfisher
Artwork No: 3412
Location: Wundowie, WA
Judges’ comments:
This work represents the artist’s own idea and vision of the subject. It is a striking painting with a confident use of colour in a naïve style. The artwork really leaves an impression and evokes the solitary life of the bird.


The Cossack Art Awards is presented by the City of Karratha with principal partner Rio Tinto, category sponsors Pilbara Ports Authority, Horizon Power, Citic Pacific Mining, ECM Pty Ltd, Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd, ATCO Power Australia, Novo Resources; public program sponsors ATCO Power Australia and Pilbara Development Commission; and event sponsors Cleanaway, Onsite Rental Group, IAS Fine Art Logistics, Nielsen Liquid Waste Services, Onyx Events, JSS Logistics Pilbara and Karratha International Hotel.

For more information on the Cossack Art Awards visit www.cossackartawards.com.au.

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Winner’s pictures available on request.