Coffs Coast artist David Tucker with his Blake Art Prize winning piece.
Coffs Coast artist David Tucker with his Blake Art Prize winning piece. The Coffs Coast Advocate

Dundurrabin man wins Blake Prize

A COFFS Coast artist has taken out one of Australia's most prestigious art awards with a sculpture inspired by a Hindu goddess and a local girl.

David Tucker's work 'A Local Girl Comes Home' is the first sculpture to win the Blake Prize for religious art in the award's 57-year history.

Mr Tucker, who lives in the hills of Dundurrabin, west of Coffs Harbour, said winning the award was inspiration as a rural artist.

"I live a fairly quiet life in the country and a fairly isolated life, so this is a great encouragement, to my practice, to take out a national award," Mr Tucker said.

The artwork is a white ceramic sculpture depicting the procession of a naked pregnant woman in three stages, walking next to a naked man and a cow.

The sculpture is supposed to show the separation of the Hindu goddess into three forms, representing the journey home to begin her new life as a mother.

Mr Tucker wants viewers of the artwork to 'make up their own stories', The work has a particular local relevance as its model was a pregnant Coffs Coast woman.

As well as the prestige of the Blake Prize, Mr Tucker received $20,000 for the win.


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