Muir’s Heavens Gates (pictured above) was voted the most popular from a field of 35 works featured in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition at Art Gallery of Ballarat. The artwork, a street and pop-art inspired digital print, weaves Greek mythology into Muir’s own experiences as a Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara man.
Announcing the winner of the $2,500 award, Victorian Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria said Heavens Gates by Josh Muir demonstrates the diversity of Victoria’s Indigenous arts sector.
“Victorian Indigenous artists work across a variety of mediums, upholding traditions that date back thousands of years as well as working with state-of-the-art technology and contemporary mediums,” Ms Victoria said.
“Josh’s work reflects street art culture as well as his life experiences and proud cultural heritage – it’s a vibrant work that showcases his abundant talent. Close to 600 people cast their votes both online via the Arts Victoria website and on site in the Gallery and Josh is a most deserving winner.”
Heavens Gates is part of the free 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, which closes tomorrow, Sunday 5 October 2014. For more information, visit www.indigenousartawards.com.au for details.
Image: Josh Muir with his work Heavens Gate – photo by Nigel Clements