The Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to announce that the recipient of the inaugural Adelaide Festival Centre’s South Australian Indigenous Acquisitive Art Award is Ceduna artist Beaver Lennon.
Announced last night at the official opening of Our Mob 2010, Lennon was presented with $5,000 prize money for his painting in this year’s Our Mob exhibition The Break of Dawn.
A talented young and emerging artist, Lennon started painting at the Ceduna Arts & Culture Centre in February 2005. Since then, Lennon has exhibited in every Our Mob exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 2006 “ 2010, as well as at Tandanya in Adelaide and the Red Poles Gallery in McLaren Vale.
Lennon’s works explore his own country of the Mirning people in far west South Australia, using incredible realism and detail to depict particular aspects of that landscape, such as specific landforms, species of flora and fauna, light, terrain and distance. Recently, Lennon has been working on major public projects around the state, including murals, and has also been exploring the genre of portraiture.
The inaugural Adelaide Festival Centre’s South Australian Indigenous Acquisitive Art Award was made possible through the generous support of a private donor. The award allows the well established Our Mob project to continue to grow, providing South Australian Indigenous artists with a significant professional development opportunity. This reflects the Adelaide Festival Centre’s commitment to build upon its extensive Indigenous Culture programming.
Lennon’s painting was selected from a field of over 80 works in this year’s Our Mob exhibition by a panel of arts industry judges. The winning work will now form part of the Adelaide Festival Centre Indigenous Art Collection which was established in 2002.
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