Orang-utan’s puzzle solving gave artist a little inspiration

A CHEEKY orang-utan won over crowds in the 2007 Albury Wodonga Artist Society awards.

Artist Astrid Bruning used a playful Melbourne Zoo resident in her work that took out first prize at the award ceremony yesterday.

“I just kept taking heaps of shots of the orang-utan scratching his head and doing other things and used three for the piece,” she said.

“It looked like he was trying to solve a puzzle or something.”

The Wodonga woman won a $250 prize for the appropriatley named piece, Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.

After about 25 years of painting, Ms Bruning said animals were one of her favourite subjects to work with.

“I’ve done quite a bit of work with animals, I like being able to portray them,” she said.

Yvonne Ellwood received $150 for second place and Tanya Healy $100 for third.

Society president Kathy Bruce said winners were chosen by the public from about 85 mixed-medium works, created by the club’s members.

The pieces were displayed at the Creators Art Space before Christmas.

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