QCA artist Julie Fragar has won the $15,000 Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award this year for her work Antonio Departs Flores on the Whaling Tide.
Antonio Departs Flores on the Whaling Tide is a richly layered painting that contains multiple images and references. Julie made the work after travelling to the Azores Islands in Portugal. Here, Her ancestor Antonio, aged 12, ventured onto a whaling ship in 1850 – arriving in Australia 6 years later.
“Julie’s painting captures the wild adventure in a way which brings the present and the past together. The historic narrative reminds us of the continuing patterns of migration that reflect Australia today and is a compelling response to the ‘tidal’ theme.”
– Tidal 2016 judges Jane Stewart and Jane Devery
The 22 finalists and winner were selected by two nationally-recognised art experts, Jane Devery, Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and Jane Stewart, Principal Curator of Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
The Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award 2016 Finalists Exhibition is on at the Devonport Regional Gallery until 29 January 2017.