Dundurrabin man wins Blake Prize
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.