2017 City of Busselton Art Award | People's choice winner

Artist Aidan Lee Smith took out the people's choice award at this year's City of Busselton's Art Awards. He will hold an exhibition at the Margaret River Tafe from December 29 with pieces that focus on identity and personality.
Artist Aidan Lee Smith took out the people's choice award at this year's City of Busselton's Art Awards. He will hold an exhibition at the Margaret River Tafe from December 29 with pieces that focus on identity and personality.

Artist Aidan Lee Smith’s piece Fruit salad was the winning entrant of the people’s choice award at this year’s City of Busselton Art Awards.

Smith has only been painting for the last two years and likes to experiment with different styles and mediums to create his work.

“It is mostly out of frustration and boredom that I experiment, usually most of my paintings start off as realism then I get really bored and keep gluing different stuff to it,” he said.

“This painting has two different names, it has Fruit salad and also Nubian queen, it started off with a graffiti background then I thought I would put some oils on it.

“I got a bit bored so I collaged some fabrics on it I had sourced from around the world, then I glued some of my girlfriends earrings on it.

“It is awesome to win - it is my first ever award – I am stoked, thanks to the public for voting for it.”

The former lawyer started dabbling in art after being given paint as a present, art has now become his full time job.