Fremantle resident’s bright idea takes Bankwest’s annual art prize

Fremantle artist Jurek Wybraniec and his winning piece Yellow (panels 1 to 12).
Fremantle artist Jurek Wybraniec and his winning piece Yellow (panels 1 to 12).

A FREMANTLE artist has won the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize.

Jurek Wybraniec was awarded the $30,000 first prize for his piece Yellow (panels 1 to 12).

It was a return to the norm for the art prize, which dabbled with a sculpture theme last year before returning to two-dimensional artwork for the current prize.

Wybraniec said he was delighted and overwhelmed to win the award.

Yellow (panels 1 to 12) continues my investigations into how aesthetics of popular culture and the everyday may be reinterpreted through a reductive approach,” he said.

Bankwest managing director Rob De Luca said it was great to see the prize continue to grow.

“We are honoured to add Jurek Wybraniec’s winning piece to the Bankwest Art Collection as part of our continued support of the WA arts community,” he said.

The 2015 Bankwest Art Prize finalists will have their work on display at the Bankwest Art Gallery in the Perth CBD until February 12, with visitors invited to vote in the People’s Choice Award.