Muller’s painting was one of the 30 paintings selected, from more than 320 entries submitted by artists from across Australia.
‘The Albany Art Prize is now one of the most important yearly painting awards in Australia,’ he said.
‘This particular work means a lot to me, so I was really pleased that it was one of the 30 selected.’
The painting depicts the glowing campfires of the Whadjuk Nyoongar communities, as the first of the cooler weather and rains of April roll in from the ocean. It took about a year for Muller, who has been painting for 50 years, to produce.
He said the work re-imagines the modern day site of Perth City as Whadjuk Nyoongar country and the Swan and Canning Rivers as the Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beelier, before English settlement in 1829.