Pilbara landscape takes out top gong at Cossack Art Awards

Yallingup artist Mary-Lynn Stratton has taken out top prize at one of Australia’s most unique and prestigious regional art prizes, the Cossack Art Awards.

Stratton was awarded best overall artwork for her piece Radiant Mirage – an imaginative and unique depiction of the Pilbara landscape.

The 2016 Cossack Art Award judges Professor Sasha Grishin AM, Laurie Nilsen and Jenny Watson said Stratton’s work was outstanding and wonderfully handled.

“The challenging, technical coating of beeswax separates the painting, scarring the surface and bringing out the Pilbara landscape. A subtle use of colour and play of light over the surface. An imaginative and outstanding work,” Professor Grishin said.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said this year’s exhibition was yet another showcase of exceptional quality work.

“The Cossack Art Awards have grown over the last 24 years to become a pillar of pride in our community,” Cr Long said.

“As the years go by they continue to grow, continue to attract an increasing high standard of artworks and activities and very importantly, continue to provide a fantastic platform for artists to exhibit their work on a national stage.

“It’s a real credit to the artists the high caliber of work on display this year. I encourage all who have the opportunity to do so to visit the exhibition to see just how special it is this year.”

Rio Tinto general manager Rail Operations Zara Fisher said this year’s Cossack Art Awards showcased amazing talent, reflecting strong creativity and style in the artworks.

“Congratulations to all participants and winners in this year’s Cossack Art Awards. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition out at Cossack over the next few weeks and keep an eye out for the many fantastic events and activities that are on offer throughout the exhibition period,” Ms Fisher said.

The Cossack Art Awards is presented by the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto with the support of Atco Power, Cleanaway, Ibis Styles, Onsite Rental Group, IAS Fine Art Logistics, Chevron and GWN7.

Category Sponsors include Pilbara Ports Authority, Horizon Power, Woodside, Citic Pacific Mining, ECM Australia, Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd, Pilbara Development Commission, Karratha Visitors Centre.

Ten categories were awarded at the Gala Awards Night on 23 July, with the Horizon Power People’s Choice awarded at the end of the exhibition.

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

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2016 Cossack Art Award Winners with Judges’ Comments

Works on Paper - $8,000
Sponsor - Pilbara Development Commission
Artist: Kelli Dawson
Title: Specimen Jars V (Preservation)
Judges Comments:
‘Cabinets of curiosity’ - a beautifully produced and technically interesting piece that provides a view into a personal cabinet. The interesting illustrations within each box combine together to make up the whole. A good quality print by someone who looks like they has been printing for a long time. Very personal specimens, it’s like a diary of experiences. A very successful personal statement.

Painting Open Theme - $8,000
Sponsor - ECM Pty Ltd
Artist: Marek Herburt
Title: Waiting for rain
Judges Comments:
This image captures the vibrancy of the landscape, it radiates with tangible heat and energy. The painting stands up well against the others in this category. Strong, high end use of the colour spectrum. The shadows really work and there is lovely execution of the leaves, they add a wispy element. This is a very accomplished, high octane, high key painting.

Emerging Young Artist - $8,000
Sponsor - CITIC Pacific Mining
Artist: Jaimee Ryder
Title: Dragonfly Hearing
Judges Comments:
A lot of work has gone into this piece. It is well executed and the artist has kept patience with the process. This is not an obvious work. This young person has shown diligence and hard work. This is a nicely put together piece.

Painting Pilbara Landscape - $8,000
Sponsor - Rio Tinto
Artist: Janine Samson
Title: Landscape Through My Eyes
Judges Comments:
A very challenging scale for an art piece but it is perfectly realised. A little bit of ‘Op’ art. The red and green balance for a pleasing, but funky colour selection for the right side of the painting. A very individual work.

Painting by Pilbara Indigenous Artist - $8,000
Sponsor - Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd
Artist: Doreen Chapman
Title: Untitled (Snake II)
Judges Comments:
This person is doing something unusual, the palette of lime green is totally original. They are difficult colours to combine but they work better because of the black ground. It could be called a ‘Maverick work.’ This piece is begging to be on a larger scale. It is an authentic work, with the energetic soul of abstract expressionism. The subtle image of the snake creeps up on you like it would it the bush, you don’t see it until the last minute. It is a challenging, clever and profound painting. There is an inventiveness about it that makes for a powerful image.

Northwest Flora and Fauna - $8,000
Sponsor – Woodside
Artist: Jill Churnside
Title: Gardangu Story
Judges Comments:
An interesting work. This painting, with the sophistication of the background colours is a fresh story about this person’s country.

Portraits - $8,000
Sponsor - Karratha Visitor Centre
Artist: Ruth Leigh
Title: Lenny
Judges Comments:
This is clearly a portrait that works well within this region. An outback image that depicts a person who belongs with this land and conveys a feeling of toughness, resilience and perseverance.

Invited Artist - $8,000
Sponsor – City of Karratha
Artist: Agnes Armstrong
Title: Ivanhoe Crossing
Judges Comments:
Subtle, almost monochromatic image with a great sense of narrative and play on varied perspectives. A contemporary work with a reference to traditional works. It is a naïve vision that conveys to us a freshness of touch with its confident strokes.

Best Artwork by Pilbara Artist - $10,000
Sponsor – Pilbara Ports Authority
Artist: Maggie Green
Title: Myroodah Station
Judges Comments:
This person really knows how to paint, it’s a very professional work. An accomplished highly textured, geometric, interior landscape with a sophisticated use of colour and resolution of shapes and painterly masses. A very satisfying painting.

Best Overall Artwork - $15,000
Sponsor – City of Karratha
Artist: Mary-Lynne Stratton
Title: Radiant Mirage
Judge Comments:
Wonderfully handled Pilbara landscape. The challenging, technical coating of beeswax separates the painting, scarring the surface and bringing out the Pilbara landscape. A subtle use of colour and play of light over the surface. An imaginative and outstanding work.

Mary-Lynne Stratton with her winning work Radiant Mirage

Mary-Lynne Stratton with her winning work Radiant Mirage