Nonagenarian artist wins Australia's top indigenous art award

At 96-yeards-old a former sheepherder, policeman and shearer finally found the time to sit down and paint, and ended up the winner of the 28th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA), one of the most prestigious art awards in Australia. Artist Dickie Minyintiri painted different animals gathering at a watering hole, representing the indigenous man’s relationship to his country.  "He has been a very busy man and has worked his whole life," Julian Green, a worker with remote tribes, told the Australia Associated Press. For the last four or five years he has been painting, however, and now he has succeeded in winning positive recognition for an area that doesn’t often receive it.
Xinhua Net, August 11, 2011

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