Friday 28 September 2012
Perth-based artist, Jamie Russ was a finalist in the prestigious 'Black Swan Prize for Heritage' for his painting of 'The Strike' statue located in The Perth Mint’s forecourt.
The award ceremony, which took place last night at Perth's Linton and Kay Art Gallery, welcomed work from some of Australia's finest artists.
Entitled 'Inherit the Dream', Jamie's painting portrays Greg James' sculpture of Arthur Bayley and William Ford, the two gold prospectors whose discovery 120 years ago at Fly Flat, Coolgardie, triggered the greatest gold rush in Western Australian history.
Run in partnership with Heritage Perth, this independent competition defined the word heritage as "Those things from the past which are valued enough today to save for the people of tomorrow".
Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie, said: "Jamie's magnificent painting really captures the gold prospectors beautifully, and we're delighted that the famous statue was of such inspiration."
Commenting on the piece, Jamie Russ, said: "I wanted to portray the strength and hope on which Perth was founded. Early settlers and prospectors overcame such challenging circumstances, showing us that even in the most desperate situations, sheer perseverance, optimism and an iron-will can help us build a better world for ourselves and our descendants."
"The ethereal arch illuminating the miners within it represents a window in time between the past and present. I believe we should all step back through this window every now and then and be reminded of our incredible heritage, what we have achieved and the potential for our future", he added.
Visit the statue itself at The Perth Mint, located on 310 Hay Street, East Perth, open seven days-a-week from 9am to 5pm (WST). For further information, telephone The Perth Mint on toll free 1300 366 520.
For further information:
Makeila Ellis, Media Officer, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7204