Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Blake Prize Winner, Richard Lewer's Remote Portraits on Show

By Dylan Rainforth
One of the portraits Richard Lewer created in Parnngurr. Photo: Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
AUSTRALIA---The animation that won Richard Lewer the Blake Prize was also his introduction to the world of the Martu artists of the Pilbara. Lewer's work, which addresses euthanasia, was first shown at the Adelaide Biennial before it went on to win the $25,000 prize for religious art. That's how Lewer came to be invited to spend a month in Parnngurr, a community eight hours drive from the nearest airport in Newman, WA.The portraits Lewer created in Parnngurr are headed to Sydney for an exhibition at Sullivan and Strumpf but this weekend only there is a Melbourne preview being held at 51–53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.... [link]