Tree of Life branches out to take City of Rockingham Art Awards win


Tusif Ahmad with his paper cutting work Tree of Life.
Tusif Ahmad with his paper cutting work Tree of Life.

THE perseverance and patience it took to cut an intricate design from paper has paid of for artist Tusif Ahmed.

Ahmed took out the $5000 open award for his piece Tree of Life in the City of Rockingham Art Awards 2018 announced on May 5.

Winners from other five categories were:

– Local Resident Award $1500 – Andy Quilty for Winston (Young One) #2
– Youth Award $1500 – Kitman Pik Chee Yeung for A Dancer
– Emerging Award $2500 – Eugene O’Sullivan for Imago Mundi ll
– Heritage Award $4000 (acquisitive for 2018) – Joanne Duffy for Hope, Escape to the Catalpa
– Indigenous Award $4000 – Theresa Walley for Wetj

Judges Susan Ecker and Nalda Searles said the variety of media used in the works made judging difficult, although they appreciated the works for being exquisitely interesting and a pleasure to behold.

Media used included paper cut, drawing, oil and acrylic painting and mixed media.

Theresa Walley opened the exhibition with a traditional welcome to country.

The judges remarked on the ‘extraordinary craftmanship’ of Tree of Life, the composition of Imago Mundi ll, the ‘painterly technique’ used by Joanne Duffy, and Walley’s unique ‘interpretation of a traditional image’.

This year there were more than 100 finalists resulting in a highly commended award being given to Paul Green for his work Hard Times from the local category.

Finalists’ works are on display now at the Gary Holland Community Centre and Rockingham Arts Centre until May 19.

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