Carbiene McDonald Tjangala wins Hadley’s Art Prize 2019

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Carbiene McDonald Tjangala has won the 2019 Hadley’s Art Prize. The Indigenous artist took out the annual $100,000 prize for landscape painting with his densely layered canvas titled Four Dreamings.

“These tjukurrpa are associated with a series of waterholes running between Docker River and Kata Tjuta,” explained the artist who lives in a remote community near the well known art centres at Papunya in the Northern Territory.

Manager of Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre Emma Collard said, “Carbiene has become one of Papunya Tjupi’s most exciting emerging artists, with his recent achievements showcasing his dedication and belief in himself as well as inspiring other young men in Papunya.”

The 2019 Hadley’s Art Prize was judged by Tasmanian artist Raymond Arnold, senior research curator at MONA Jane Clark, and Susan McCulloch OAM, an arts writer, curator and gallerist.

McCulloch said of McDonald Tjangala’s winning work, “The intensity of light in the work is mirage-like – it is blinding and mesmerising. The surface textures are at once subtle and incredibly powerful in a way that’s beyond translation into any digital reproduction… You really have to see this work in person.”

The judges also highly commended works by Betty Pula Morton, Tony Smibert, Philip Wolfhagen, and Faridah Cameron. Nigel Hewitt won the Packing Room Prize.

The prize is acquisitive, so as well as being on view alongside work by the other 33 finalists in the 2019 Hadley’s Art Prize Exhibition, Carbiene McDonald Tjangala’s winning painting will also be available to the public as part of the Hadley’s Orient Hotel permanent collection.

Visitors to the show are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

2019 Hadley’s Art Prize Exhibition
Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart
20 July – 18 August

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