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1 February 2017

Creative Victoria would like to acknowledge the passing of Trevor 'Turbo' Brown, a Latje Latje man from Mildura and a highly respected artist.

Winner of the Deadly Award at the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, 'Owl Dreaming' by Trevor 'Turbo' Brown

Winner of the Deadly Award at the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, 'Owl Dreaming' by Trevor 'Turbo' Brown

Turbo's  first solo exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust in 2004 was a sell-out and he went on to participate in many exhibitions, including being a regular finalist in the prestigious Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

In 2012 he was a popular winner of the Deadly Art Award, the main prize in the Awards, for his work Owl Dreaming. His use of pictorial narrative reflected his Dreaming and his bond with animals.

As the judges said of the winning work: "What is evident here is a love of the act of painting and a strong connection to his iconic subject – the owl.  Turbo's painting is an image of beauty and strength, and reveals his connection to nature and the animal species with which we share the planet."

Owl Dreaming was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.  Turbo's work is represented in many public and private collections.

Turbo was a survivor, a character and a major talent.

Vale Trevor 'Turbo' Brown.