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Jan Billycan - West Australian Artist Award Recipient 2011 Short St Gallery was extremely proud on Friday night to attend the West Australian Indigenous Art Award at the Art Gallery of WA together with Jan's son and daughter in law. Jan won the West Australian Artist Award this year and Gunybi Ganambarr from Yirrkala took out the West Australian Indigenous Art Award. The exhibition was a great success and we would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work.

Some comments from the catalogue on Jan's winning works include, 'Jan Billycan's series of paintings, depicting the Country around her birth-site Kirriwirri, exhibit her natural ability to create canvases defined by highly active and textured surfaces. Rendered in a manner which seems almost carefree, they actually belie a great sophistication and tacit knowledge of the structure of modern pictorial construction. Within each of her paintings, the ye flickers between surface readings and implied depths. Billycan's use of colour is fluid and intuitive, often modulating across the surface on which she lyrically applies her paint.'

Short St also took the opportunity to attend A Shaded View of Fashion at PICA and met the woman behind it Diana Pernet. You can find images of Kevin Billycan and Diane on her website www.ashadedviewonfashion.com.
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