Margaret Loy Pula has won the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
Central Australian artist Margaret Loy Pula has won the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize for her 2016 work Anatye (bush potato).
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.
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’.
‘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.
Born in 1957, Margaret Loy Puy was the first Indigenous artist to win the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in South Australia. Other prizes include the Paddington Art Prize (Sydney), the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2013), Redland Art Prize (2014) and the Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize (2014). In the last 18 months Pula has held major exhibitions in New York and exhibited at some of the world’s top art fairs including Singapore, Miami, New York and Mexico City.
Anatye (bush potato) is part of an ongoing series where the artist paints stories from her father’s dreaming, in particular bush potatos, an important food source of the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia.
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is now in its 14th year, and was established by Mr Allen Guy C.B.E. (1017-2007) to honour his brother Arthur Guy (1914-1945) whose life was tragically cut short whilst in service in New Guinea.