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 Song, brings together 25 women artists from across the Western and Central Desert artists including Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Lorna Ward Napanangka, Walangkura Napanangka, Yinarupa Gibson Nangala, Ningura Napurrula, Eileen Napaltjarri and Minnie Pwerle. It looks at the links between Indigenous Art and the associated Culture and Stories of the ancient 'Songlines' of Australia and how they inform the remarkable paintings on display in this breathtaking and informative exhibition of Indigenous paintings from all around Australia. Running alongside this exhibition is the very interesting, Pike Family. Jimmy Pike (1940-2002) was a great story-teller and illustrator of the traditional lifestyle as he experienced it, living as a young man with his family in the Great Sandy Desert. As a teenager he followed most of his countrymen who had begun moving north into cattle station country (the Fitzroy Valley). They had heard of the abundant food and water there, and the desert was steadily being depopulated as the northward migration of families continued. During the '90s, Jimmy Pike became a very well-known artist; he was a prolific drawer (using multi-coloured felt pens), a painter, a printmaker, and a designer for textiles and silk goods. His stories of the desert thus became everyday items in wider Australia. It's interesting to note that the organising gallery of this exhibition, Japingka, which had a 30-year association with Jimmy Pike and his family, was so named because of a site in the Great Sandy Desert where the Walmajarri people, including Jimmy Pike’s clan, came together. It was during the dry season that the people followed the movements» 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

 

The courage of a few, and the backing of the Nation

The courage of a few, and the backing of the Nation

Posted by David Gibson | 10.03.14

Introduction by the Aboriginal Art Directory In a recent interview, Uncle Max, head of Culture is Life said, "Strengthening Indigenous youth back to the land and culture gives [Aboriginals] a sense of connectedness to self, land and spirit". It has...» 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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