Nigel Hewitt

Woven, 2015

wood ash & polymer on canvas

152 x 182

From the artist

I left Tasmania when I was a teenager and after four decades I have returned. Regardless of my displacement I have aimed to be involved, as much as I could, in environmental issues that have taken place here. On each of my visits I have been aware of the natural beauty juxtaposed with areas of complete devastation. For this image I have collected ash from Dunnalley. The ash is the middle ground; it represents the transformative quality of death in order to give birth to something else.

Judges Comments

Judges: Elizabeth Ann McGregor, Director, MCA, Sydney; Francis Parker, Curator, Monash Museum of Art; and Dr Ellie Ray, Director, Devonport Regional Gallery

Artist background

Born 1952 in Ulverstone Tasmania. Currently lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. Has been exhibiting since 1970s primarily in Western Australia. Major awards include Creative Development Fellowship Grant WA; John Leslie Art Prize People's Choice Award, 2016; Glover Prize 2015; Australian Capital Equity Award 2012, Black Swan Portraiture Award 2009, Minnawarra Art Award 2004, and Port Kembla Art Award 2000. Work held in Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University, Fremantle Arts Centre, Artbank, Holmes á Court and Westfarmers collections.