Seven birds win votes


Christopher O’Brien’s acrylic on wood representation of birds — Birds of a feather — has captured the People’s Choice Award.

The prize is available to exhibitors in Exit Art — the annual display of art by Year 12 graduates showcasing the technical competence of the artists, and the latitude of their imaginations in mediums such as film, mixed media on paper, charcoal on wood, and digital print.

The former Casuarina Senior College student said of his seven-piece submission: “I wanted to recreate the sense of graceful wilderness in the form of an artwork … and each bird represents the peace and calming properties that raising and caring for injured animals can bring.

“I realised subtle similarities between humans and birds. This connection became a key point, influencing the depth and use of tones and textures, which gave the birds a near lifelike appearance.”

The People’s Choice Award was decided by a survey of Exit Art viewers, and Christopher O’Brien garnered 40 votes.

Exit Art can be viewed at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory until 24 March.

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