Congratulations to Margaret Loy Pula on winning the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize for her work 'Anatye (Bush Potato)'.
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is a biennial art prize held at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The prize is designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works and the exhibition provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting from around Australia.
Judges, who included Mark Feary, Artistic Director Gertrude Street Gallery, Dr David Hansen, Associate Professor, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU School of Art and Design, Hannah Matthews, Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art and representatives from Bendigo Art Gallery and the Guy family, were in unanimous agreement in their decision to select Margaret Loy Pula as the recipient of the prize, and commended the vivid impact of the painting, in spite of its reductionist palette.
The Judges also noted that, 'with its demonstrable connection to country, the quietly mesmerising work could also be interpreted through the Western tradition of minimalist abstraction'.
Margaret paintings “Anatye” or Bush Potato are an aerial view of the growth pattern of the plant. The centre cross is the plant, the vines send out tendrils into the soil and this is where the potato (or bush yam) begins to grow.
The bush potato vine grows after the rains. The women go out to collect the potato. Once collected they are cooked in the hot coals of the fire.
“This painting is about my culture, my family. That’s my father’s dreaming. This is from my father’s country, that country is called “Unjangola”. That is north of Utopia, not too far but really desert country”.
'Anatye' was narrowed down from an entrance pool of 291 paintings and 37 finalists, which demonstrates the ongoing dynamism and resonance of the media of painting.
This prestigious prize is accompanied by an exhibition featuring the work of shortlisted artists, and is widely considered an indication of the very latest trends, developments and themes in contemporary Australian painting.
Works from the shortlisted artists will be on display at Bendigo Art Gallery in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition from 17th June – 20th August 2017.
Margaret Loy Pula is proudly represented by Mitchell Fine Art in Brisbane and her works will feature in an exhibition to be held at the gallery from the 5th - 29th July 2017.
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