Naomi Hobson Wins 39th Alice Prize

Congratulations to Naomi Hobson, a Queensland contemporary indigenous artist who won the 39th Alice Prize.


The judge, Director of Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery Of Modern Art, Chris Saines CNZM, announced the winner of the prize on opening night Friday, 15 April.

Drawn to her unique palette and perspective, Saines commented,

“Naomi Hobson is one of a new generation of contemporary indigenous artists who is beginning to make her mark nationally. High Pine 2015 is a compelling example of her approach to painting country – for all its painterly and abstract life its visual cues and palette are insistently local.”

Driven by her desire to capture the beauty of her country, Hobson is known for her evocative abstract landscapes that exude the colours of her home. Responding to the natural environment and stories they tell of her country and place, each of Hobson’s works represents special places to her identity and culture.

Highly commended was awarded to Kristian Laemmle-Ruff (VIC), Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray (NT) and Dasha Riley (QLD). Whilst Patrick Heath, Lindy McSwain (VIC) and Sarah Dugan (NSW) were commended.

Previous winners of the Alice Prize include Deborah Paauwe, Janet Lawrence, Mandy Martin and Ginger Riley Munduwalawala. Hobson has said this award has come at a significant time for her as she is at a pivotal moment of development in her practice.

The 39th Alice Prize exhibition is now open at Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs. To see the exhibition catalogue of the finalists click here. 

Naomi Hobson currently has work in the significant group show ‘Provenance Does Matter: The Collectors’ Exhibition’ at Alcaston Gallery until April 30, 2016.

39TH Alice Prize
Friday 15 April – Monday 13 June 2016
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

Image: Naomi Hobson, High Pine, 2015, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 200 x 200cm
Courtesy the artist, Alcaston Gallery and Araluen Arts Centre.