Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 24.04.14

A decade of artwork by leading contemporary Indigenous artist Danie Mellor is the focus of a major survey exhibition opening at TarraWarra Museum of Art on May 10, on tour from The University of Queensland Art Museum. The exhibition brings together more than 50 of the artist’s key works drawn from public collections, including the UQ Art Museum, Australian Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Bathurst Regional Gallery and private collections. It is the first large scale exhibition to consider in depth how Mellor has contributed to contemporary Australian art in a range of styles and media, and our understanding of Australia’s colonial past. Mellor’s choice of a wide range of media, which includes intricate combinations of pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and watercolour on paper and sculptural installations that combine mosaic, taxidermy animals, gold leaf, neon and found objects, is integral to a conceptual understanding of his work. Exhibition Curator Maudie Palmer AO says the survey invites engagement with Australia’s shared and contested histories through core themes in Mellor’s work. “His visual narrative relies on manipulating British imagery from the 18th and 19th centuries, specifically iconography borrowed from blue and white Spode china, which he layers with his own record of the cultural differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia,” Ms Palmer says. Mellor was born in Mackay in 1971, has lived variously in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa and now resides in the Southern Highlands of NSW. He maintains strong links to his mother’s Country in the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland as a descendent of her Scottish, Irish and Indigenous heritage of Mamu and Ngagen rainforest people with connections to the Jirrbal. The exhibition is timely, following Mellor’s inclusion in several significant exhibitions in recent» Read More

 

Desert Song and the Pike Family

Desert Song and the Pike Family

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 24.04.14

There are two very worthwhile exhibitions on in the West right now, and if you're not able to make it the good folks there have also reproduced these exhibitions online: Desert Song and the Pike Family. The first exhibition, Desert...» Read More

 

Djilpin Arts to stream live on YouTube

Djilpin Arts to stream live on YouTube

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 22.04.14

Djilpin Arts, with host Tom E Lewis, is set to stream live in the first ever YouTube screening by an indigenous community. Located in the remote community of Beswick (Wugularr) on the south-west border of Arnhem Land, Djilpin Arts will...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ARTIST WINS BIG BULGARI PRIZE

ABORIGINAL ARTIST WINS BIG BULGARI PRIZE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.04.14

Anyone who bought a painting by Daniel Boyd (via the Ros Oxley9 Gallery) will have had their taste and wisdom confirmed by this week's announcement that he's taken out the third Bulgari Art Award worth $80,000, and delivered his stunning...» Read More

 

PATRON/ COLLECTOR = THE FUTURE

PATRON/ COLLECTOR = THE FUTURE

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 15.04.14

I had arranged to meet Pat Corrigan – Art Collector and Patron, especially of Aboriginal art, at the Art Gallery of NSW at 5 o'clock for a glass of wine and a chat. He was already there when I arrived...» Read More

 

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.04.14

Anyone reading the usually-reliable Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian newspaper a couple of weekends ago (The Review 22/23 March) in a major essay entitled 'Culture War', would have come away convinced that an exhibition designed to reveal the extent of...» Read More

 

TIWI PANTO

TIWI PANTO

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.04.14

It's taken a while to get all of its act together, but the world's first Tiwi Island pantomime is off and touring the country currently. 'Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui' – a Melville Island-mouthful version of Snow White and the...» Read More

 

Painting is the Skin of the World

Painting is the Skin of the World

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 31.03.14

“Painting is the Skin of the World.” Robert Motherwell Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula said: “When you sit down without a painting, you are lonely”. These simple words from two giants of art speak volumes of what painting meant to them. Motherwell,...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Feature

PATRON/ COLLECTOR = THE FUTURE

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 15.04.14

I had arranged to meet Pat Corrigan – Art Collector and Patron, especially of Aboriginal art, at the Art Gallery of NSW at 5 o'clock for a glass of wine and a chat. He was already there when I arrived...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.04.14

Anyone reading the usually-reliable Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian newspaper a couple of weekends ago (The Review 22/23 March) in a major essay entitled 'Culture War', would have come away convinced that an exhibition designed to reveal the extent of...» Read More

Events: Event

BARKS 'R US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.12.13

With Aboriginal bark paintings there's the constant dilemma – how important is the aesthetic appeal of the work, and how important the story – and the status of the man telling it? The issue arises because there have been old...» Read More

Events: Auction

Results for Sotheby's Early Papunya Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.05.13

Who logged on to Sotheby's last night to watch or bid in the live auction of Anthony & Beverly Knight's collection of early Papunya art? Predictably there were a lot of great pieces. Items selling well over the estimate include...» Read More

 

 


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