My heart has been opened, says NATSIAA winner Timo Hogan

Starting to paint in his 40s, NATSIAA winner Timo Hogan is describes as a confident artist with talent that exceeds his age. He will buy a ‘Toyota’.
2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards winner WA artist Timo Hogan. Photo Philip Gostelow

Timo Hogan, a senior Pitjantjatjara man from Tjuntjuntjara – some five hours from the nearest town – has been named winner of the 2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Australia’s most prestigious award for an Indigenous artist.

On winning, Hogan said via video: ‘My heart has been opened … I’m happy doing the painting early morning coming here; happy doing painting for my land.’

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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

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