Makinti Napanangka wins top Indigenous art prize
Posted by carolom on August 16, 2008
An artist from the Kintore community west of Alice Springs has won the country’s richest Indigenous art prize.
The winners of this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award were announced at the Museum and Art Gallery in Darwin last night.
Thousands of people converged on the gallery to celebrate the award’s 25th anniversary.
Makinti Napanangka from Kintore won the top $40,000 prize for her painting on linen.
The $4,000 general painting award went to Doreen Reid Nakamarra from Western Australia for her painting about a rockhole.
Last year’s top award winner Dennis Nona from the Torres Strait Islands won the Works on Paper prize.
More than 300 art works were entered in this year’s award and around 100 pieces which made the final cut are on display at the Museum and Art Gallery in Darwin until October.
Hetti Perkins from the Art Gallery of New South Wales helped judge this year’s collection.
Ms Perkins says the winning painting has a lot in common with the artist.
“It’s very dynamic and charismatic and I have to say that she, from what I know about her, Makinti is very like that,” she said.
“She’s quite elderly now but I think her enthusiasm for art making remains undiluted.”