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Jody Broun wins the 2005 Canberra Art Prize

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Published Saturday, October 8, 2005

Western Australian artist Jody Broun is the winner of the 2005 Canberra Art Prize. Jody’s painting Half-Time Game was selected from a shortlist of 155 finalists to take first place in the prestigious $20,000 prize.

The award is the second major art prize won by Broun, after being awarded first prize in the 1998 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. It confirms her position as one of the nation’s most accomplished and exciting contemporary Indigenous artists.

Jody Broun is a Yindjibarndi woman who was born in Perth in 1963. As a child, she learnt the stories of her people. Unlike her mother, who did not see her family until she was an adult, Jody developed a close affinity with her Aboriginal relatives and her native Pilbara land. Regular visits to the area instilled a love of country evident in her rich portrayal of the region. The colours and shapes of the Pilbara are central to her artwork and its people are her inspiration.

Depicted in Jody’s characteristic palette of vibrant reds and deep blues, Half-Time Game offers a striking vignette of community life in outback Australia. Three children enthusiastically play an impromptu game of football whilst their parents and siblings watch on from the sidelines. Speaking on her prize-winning work, Half-Time Game, Jody commented:
Aboriginal people in a lot of communities get together for football games and it is a real way of life. Communities will travel hundreds of kilometres to a football game. I draw on what is important to community life. The lifestyle is simple, but it is what’s important to people. That is often family, but it is also simple things like a football match or a card game. That is what is important to them, and when I go home to visit family that is what is important to me.

Jody’s win caps off a terrific year for Jody Broun. The Canberra Art Prize is the fifth major art prize in which Jody’s work has been short listed in 2005.

Half Time Game by Jody Broun
Above - Jody Broun's prize winning entry Half Time Game, courtesy the artist and Indigenart Galleries.

According to Diane Mossenson, Director of Indigenart Galleries:
It is really fantastic to see Western Australian artists achieving such success on a national level. It is a credit to the power and consistency Jody’s work that this she has been able to win two of the country’s major contemporary art prizes. We are thrilled for Jody and are really proud to be able to help expose exciting Western Australian talent.

Sourced from a press release by Indigenart. Contact them for further information.

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