Our congratulations go to Lewis John Knox the inaugural winner of the Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Prize at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Church After the Fire – Lewis John Knox
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm x 1.2cm
Judge Djon Mundine had the following to say about this beautiful artwork
Church After the Fire is a painting about a time and a place committed to the memory of Lewis John Knox within the Aboriginal region now called the mid-north coast of New South Wales. It talks of the ‘mission called Burnt Bridge outside Kempsey that gave birth to a number of story-teller historian painters; Robert Campbell Jnr. and Adam Hill a.k.a. Blak Douglas among them. Picasso once lamented his wish to paint with the wonderment of a child. The childhood memory related here is simply directly expressed in naive brush strokes, colours, and partial impressionist composition. It moved an immediate visual-emotional response among a field of entries across a wide range of scale, styles, and subjects.