Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Rex Winston Walford is an Aboriginal artist with an interesting story and the ability to create modern aboriginal artwork with a difference.
Rex was born in 1968 and a descendent of of the Kamilaroi / Gumilaroi nation, although he grew up in Nyngan with his adoptive family, the Winstons. Rex was adopted by the Winstons because his young mother could not raise him herself at the time. However a reconnection occurred when Rex was 30 and he finally found his birth mother (that's where Walford comes from) and from there met his very extended indigenous family with many being highly respected leaders in the Aboriginal community.
As an artist Rex works out of his adoptive parents home in Mitchell Island, where he produces his artwork in his studio.
Rex is self taught and has emerged as a vibrant commercial artist, his work is held in various private collections nationally and internationally plus one public work to date. It wasn't until 2005 that Rex Winston Walford actually started painting. Since then his work graces many homes as he works with clients who commission him to produce a piece that fits in with an existing decor or colour scheme.
Recently, Rex has reproduced his artwork on towels that he sells on his website www.winstonwalford.com.au that are a high quality and stunning designs. We have partnered with Rex who has kindly offered $10 off each towel for our readers. Visit this page for details and discount code.
They make a good wall hanging too! The towels are also available at Bent on Life in Wingham.
Another feather in his cap is the creating a painting for a person's thumb print, like the example below. Rex compares these commissioned artworks as a portrait of someone.
Rex's latest project painting his designs on guitars and this Tolvanen Sisu was the one he was working on when I had the pleasure of meeting this very talented man recently.
In 2012 Winston was awarded the People Choice Award in the Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize and has been a finalist on numerous occasions in the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize and was commended in 2010.