Pula picked for painting prize

Central Australian artist Margaret Loy Pula has won the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize.

Pula’s 2016 work Anatye (bush potato) was awarded the prize on Friday night after judges, Bendigo Art Gallery representatives and the Guy family members made a final decision.

More than 290 artists entered the prize this year with 37 finalists selected to go on display in the Arthur Guy Prize exhibition.

Judges commended the vivid impact of the painting, in spite of its reductionist palette.

They also noted that, with its demonstrable connection to country, the quietly mesmerising work could also be interpreted through the Western tradition of minimalist abstraction.

Anatye (bush potato) is part of an ongoing series where the artist paints stories from her father's dreaming, in particular bush potatoes, an important food source of the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia. 

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition is on at the Bendigo Art Gallery until September 17.