Major Artist of the Kimberley, Jack Dale

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 25.02.15

Set to open at the Burrinja Gallery just out of Melbourne is an exhibition of one of the great artists of the Kimberley, Jack Dale Mengenen. Jack Dale was famous for documenting aspects of his culture and key moments of his life, and for painting race-relations in the Top End during the post-settlement period. He had witnessed as a young boy chain gangs of Aboriginal men being marched to the Prison Tree in Derby, as a stockman he had witnessed the floggings and cruelty of the station owners, and as a young man he had also seen the bombing of Roebuck Bay (a coastal area of the Kimberley) by the Japanese during WWII. This exhibition brings together a selection of Jack Dale's large-scale paintings of Wandjinas (water spirits of the Kimberley). Jack Dale had painted Wandjina as ghost-like creatures with halos and large pool-like eyes both individually and in groups without a mouth because, according to the artist, giving them a mouth would mean the rain would never stop and water would flow endlessly. Though when he died in 2013 Jack Dale had not achieved the reaches of fame of other Kimberley artists like Rover Thomas or Queenie McKenzie, his works are beautiful, strong and significant - and for the moment they remain within our reach. But investment aside, the gallery setting of Jack Dale's assembled Wandjina spirits creates a remarkable and powerful arrangement and for this reason alone it is well worth the visit. Running from 28 February through to 22 March, the official opening is on Sunday 1 March at 2.00pm.» Read More

 

Don't 'Kill The Messenger'

Don't 'Kill The Messenger'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.02.15

Nakkiah Lui is hot. The Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander writer now has her second play on at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney – and she's moved Upstairs from the more experimental Downstairs theatre – and she claims she...» Read More

 

The Wild Australia Troupe

The Wild Australia Troupe

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 20.02.15

A little before 1892, a group of 27 Indigenous people came together from the groups of Wakaya, Kuthant, Kurtjar, Arapa, Walangama, Mayikulan, Kabi Kabi, Kalkadoon and Muralag. There were 22 men, four women and one child. And the man behind...» Read More

 

LAVERTY SALE

LAVERTY SALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.02.15

I first met the Lavertys – Colin and Liz – in 1995, at the peak of their collecting days. It happened in Warrmun, the painting heart of the East Kimberley. Was it also the peak of the industry as we...» Read More

 

Darwin Art Fair Registrations Open

Darwin Art Fair Registrations Open

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.02.15

Art Centre registrations open online from the 23 February for the 2015 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF), this year to be held from the 7th to the 9th of August. Coinciding with Australia's the NATSIAA's, DAAF is Australia's leading national...» Read More

 

Farewell Sally Gabori

Farewell Sally Gabori

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.02.15

“Danda ngijinda dulk, danda ngijinda malaa, danda ngad - This is my Land, this is my Sea, this is who I am”, said Sally Gabori about her solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery held just 4 months ago. As Jeremy Eccles...» Read More

 

MAGNT MODIFICATION

MAGNT MODIFICATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.02.15

The Museum and Art Gallery of the NT advertised for a Director at the weekend. No news of the sacking of the current Director – Pierre Arpin – had leaked south; so this was a major surprise. There was no...» Read More

 

Archie and Jandamarra meet the Tandanya Studio

Archie and Jandamarra meet the Tandanya Studio

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.02.15

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (NACI) is presenting three separate exhibitions at their Adelaide Galleries, opening this week, which will display works by two contemporary Aboriginal artists, Archie Moore and Jandamarra Cadd, to run alongside a show by Pitjantjatjara...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Event

LAVERTY SALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.02.15

I first met the Lavertys – Colin and Liz – in 1995, at the peak of their collecting days. It happened in Warrmun, the painting heart of the East Kimberley. Was it also the peak of the industry as we...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

WALKING WITH BUNGAREE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.02.15

“This is the most important project I've worked on in my life”. Veteran Indigenous curator, Djon Mundine's statement quite shocked an audience on Middle Head on Saturday, especially those who clearly thought his 'Aboriginal Memorial' of 200 larrikitj poles from...» Read More

Events: Event

LAVERTY SALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.02.15

I first met the Lavertys – Colin and Liz – in 1995, at the peak of their collecting days. It happened in Warrmun, the painting heart of the East Kimberley. Was it also the peak of the industry as we...» Read More

Events: Event

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.10.14

High profile artists, including four Archibald winners, have joined forces with the ABC and have donated artworks to be auctioned online to help raise funds to boost mental health research in Australia. The ABC Mental As... Art Auction is a...» Read More

 

 


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