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17 August 2015

Victorian artist Josh Muir has won the National Youth Award at the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin.

Josh travelled to Darwin last week to attend the awards ceremony and participate in the Darwin Festival, with support through Creative Victoria's Indigenous Professional Development program.

A Gunditjamara/Yorta Yorta man, Josh lives in Ballarat. He began his career as a street artist and went on to produce vibrant works on canvas,  winning the People's Choice Award at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards for a work titled Heavens Gates.

His award-winning entry in the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards is Buninyong, inspired by a town located 11 kilometres outside of Ballarat.

"This work conveys a confident graphic quality that borrows its style from both street and popular culture," the judges said. "Josh is a bold colourist and with a unique perspective."

Josh Muir's Pheonix exhibition is at MARS Gallery until 5 September 2015.