Arnhem Land again trumps this year’s NATSIAA, but trends are surprising

Yolngu artist Djambawa Marawili wins the $50,000 Telstra Art Award with a painting that shows the international impact of Aboriginal art.
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Djambawa Marawili with his award 2019 NATSIAA winning painting; supplied

A bark painting that points to New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty isn’t what most people associate with the medium – or with  Aboriginal art making generally. But it caught the eye of this year’s NATSIAA judges, who awarded Djambawa Marawili AM the $50,000 Telstra Art Award today.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina