Hadley’s Art Prize 2022: Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin Wins Australia’s Richest Landscape Prize – The Guardian | WHs Answers

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin, senior Pitjantjatjara artist, has become the first woman to win Australia’s richest landscape award since its inception in 2017 with her work entitled Antara.

Goodwin’s work was selected from 35 finalists for the $100,000 Hadley’s Art Awards, announced Friday in Hobart, with the works being displayed in two galleries at the city’s historic Hadley’s Orient Hotel.

Goodwin is Chairman of the Mimili Maku Arts Centre, which is 500 km southwest of Alice Springs. Your winning picture is about the Tjukurpa History of the Witchetty Grub, a history of the Antara region, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) countries of north-western South Australia.

“The story of Witchetty Grub is the main thing [story]It’s really huge, it’s a big ceremony,” Goodwin said in an artist statement. “It’s a very old story from a long time ago, and I was taught about it when I moved to Mimili as a young girl. Now I take care of it and teach the children about it, the Antara story.”

“An incredibly resolved work”: Antara by Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin. Photo: Hadley’s Art Prize

The jury – celebrated Waanyi multimedia artist Judy Watson, Wayne Tunnicliffe, chief curator of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Mary Knights, senior art curator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – hailed Antara as “an incredibly determined work … The color palette is mesmerizing – the colors push and pull across the image. The work creates movement. You can imagine the artist singing; it’s almost like a performative work.”

“The tjukurpa resonates through the work,” they said. “There is a variety of brushstrokes and markings in a distinctive, raw and energetic way. This powerful painting is full of life.”

Speaking of interpreter Partimah Fielding, daughter of artist Robert Fielding, Goodwin said she was “delighted to present the story that means so much to her community” and “happy to share the story with the whole of Australia”.

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Tasmania-based artist Catherine Woo won the Packaging Space award for her mixed media aluminum work A Moment in the Day.

“The work aims to evoke a specific quality of light that occurs in the landscape,” Woo said in her artist statement. “Spray light – reflected and iridescent: ricocheting off rippling water, moving leaves, salt flats, quartz chips.”

The $10,000 residency award, which will house the winner for a month at the Salamanca Arts Center, went to Darwin artist Max Bowden for her work. And everyone had a really nice day.

A Moment in the Day by Catherine Woo
A Moment in the Day by Catherine Woo. Photo: Hadley’s Art Prize

Hadley’s Art Prize was founded in 2017 by Tasmanian philanthropists Don Neil and Annette Reynolds, who own the 1834 hotel that hosts the exhibition and has held the AGNSW’s Archibald Prize since 1921.

This year’s Hadley finalists were dominated by female artists (70%), with more than a third being First Nations artists including Bugai Whyoulter, Alec Baker and Katjarra Butler.

With his large acrylic, oil and lacquer on aluminum work Entering Macquarie Harbour, Tasmanian artist and academic Neil Haddon has earned the distinction of being a finalist for the award every year since its inception.

Neil Haddon's driveway into Macquarie Harbor, the smoke was so thick
Neil Haddon’s driveway into Macquarie Harbor, the smoke was so thick. Photo: Hadley’s Art Prize

Haddon said Entering Macquarie Harbor was inspired by James Kelly’s 1815 handwritten account of circumnavigating Tasmania in a whaling boat. As Kelly approached the west coast port, the ship was engulfed in smoke, which he assumed was a local hunting expedition by the island’s indigenous people.

Haddon’s earlier work The Visit, an imaginary depiction by British author HG Wells of cycling through a Tasmanian landscape, won the 2018 Hadley’s Art Prize and occupies one of the hotel’s pride of place on the gallery walls.

Sheer size makes Haddon’s work one of the most dominant in the exhibition alongside Whyoulter’s Wantili, Canning Stock Route Well 25.

Speaking of her grandson, Cyril Whyoulter, the 80-year-old Kartujarra artist said in her statement that her family has traveled the Canning Stock route many times.

Bugai Whyulter's Wantili
Bugai Whyulter’s Wantili. Photo: Hadley’s Art Prize

“She first saw White Fellas there, Canning Mob, as they rode oxen up and down the Stock Route,” her grandson says in the statement.

“She was a young girl running around in the Wantili.”

Ken Done, A Nice View, Hadley Art Prize Finalist 2022
Ken Done’s Hadley finalist paints A Nice View. Photo: Hadley’s Art Prize

Whyoulter is a four-time finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in the General Painting category, which she won last year.

In addition to Whyoulter and Haddon, other established artists are among the finalists, including Baker, Pat Brassington, Paul Miller, Mary Tonkin, Michelle Woody and Ken Done.

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