City of Busselton Art Award

03/10/2018 14:06

Congratulations to the 62 artists who were chosen to be apart of the 2018 City of Busselton Art Award.

On Friday night,  Mayor Grant Henley awarded Michael Francas first prize of $10,000 and a 5 week solo show in the ArtGeo Gallery for his work I Belong.  This year's judges, Soula Veyradier, Curator/Program Manager, International Art Space and Ron Nyisztor, Artist/Director, Nyisztor Studios said " this is a striking and powerful work which invites the visitor to encounter landscapes, both physical and mental, of not belonging. It is technically compelling, with an intriguing colour palette. "


Michael Francas and his work I BelongMichael Francas and his work I BelongArtist Statement:


Oil Painting on Wood by Michael Gabriel Francas 1.2 x 1.2m

‘I Belong’ song lyrics

Ever wonder why I like to hide the secret ways that we ride
hitching up the horses and rolling up our swags at first light
they lost our trail an hour ago
a thousand stars out tonight they’ll never know

Singing I belong………Sing I belong

‘I Belong’ is a poetic, improvised ode to exiles in search of belonging when confronted by a strange and foreign landscape. Much of my painting practice has been influenced by the notions of exile and belonging inspired by my Lithuanian artist father’s memoirs as a refugee and migrant to Australia.
Like the exile intuitively finding their way in a foreign terrain, the painter in me improvises using the colours of a landscape of the mind never before encountered. Bringing the abstracted ‘scape forth as it is painted perpetually re-establishes a renewed identity. Scanning the horizon for points of reference

brings the exile hope of locating a direction forward and sense of belonging.

we are all exiles to some extent.
MGF 2018