Dunsborough artist Christopher Pease nominated for prestigious art award

Dunsborough artist Christopher Pease is up for the prestigious 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, winners are announced on August 9.
Dunsborough artist Christopher Pease is up for the prestigious 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, winners are announced on August 9.

Dunsborough artist Christopher Pease has been selected as one of the finalists in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

The awards feature 68 Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas across Australia, with the selection of finalists being made from 280 entries.

Pease's artwork Kartwarra, which has been nominated, was the last of six pieces of work which took four years to complete.

The series was inspired by a sketch of King George Sound in Albany and the slaying of Noongar tribesman Yagan, created in the 1820's.

The sketch was made by Lieutenant Robert Dale, the man who took the severed head of Yagan to the UK after the Noongar leader was shot by colonists.

Kartwarra by Dunsborough artist Christopher Pease has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

Kartwarra by Dunsborough artist Christopher Pease has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

It is such a privilege, having my work featured in these art galleries...

Christopher Pease

"The sketch has a dark history behind it, but the ironic thing is in the panorama there are all these positive relationships between the British soldiers and the Menang people," he said.

"At the same time there is a lot of insight into how the Menang people lived, their hunting practices were in there, it showed them smoking using banksia nuts and smoking trees for possums. In the background there are several fires, which showed the prescribed burning which Menage people did at the time, there were a lot of things in there which are quite accurate.

"I did a whole series of work based on that, the last exhibition I did in Melbourne was based entirely on that print, it is a huge print and there is a lot of content in it."

Pease's artwork is featured in galleries all around Australia including the Gallery of WA, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, the Queensland State Gallery and the Robert Holmes A Court art collection. He won the painters prize at the Telstra NATSIAA in 2006.

"It is such a privilege, having my work featured in these art galleries, it was something I never planned to happen I just wanted to paint, it just took off out of my control," he said.

When Pease isn't creating masterpieces he is busy managing the cafe at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.