TWO SENIOR ARTISTS LOST TO US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.10.14

In recent weeks at Yuendumu in the Central Desert and at Amata in the APY Lands, marvellous artists have died. Here are their official life stories: Shorty Jangala Robertson was born around 1925 at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north west of Yuendumu, the Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, older brother and extended Warlpiri family. They travelled vast distances across desert country, but his childhood memories were dominated by stories associated with the 1929 Coniston Massacre of Aboriginal people and, close to Jila, families were shot at Wantaparri. Shorty Jangala Robertson had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembered leaving Jila for Mt Theo ‘to hide’ from being shot. His father died at Mt Theo and his mother then moved to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu. During World War II, the army took people including Shorty from Yuendumu to the northern Warlpiri settlement at Lajamanu. Shorty was separated from his mother; however she came on foot to get him and together they travelled hundreds of miles back to Chilla Well. Drought, shortage of food and medical supplies forced the family back to Yuendumu from time to time. His working life was full of adventure and hard work for different enterprises in Central Australia, but he finally settled at Yuendumu in 1967 after the Aboriginal Citizenship Referendum. Shorty was well into his 70’s when he started painting, but he soon became an active member of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association, the art centre located in Yuendumu. Thus Shorty’s paintings are fresh, vigorous and new. His use of colour to paint and interpret his Dreamings of Ngapa (Water), Watiyawarnu (Acacia), Yankirri (Emu) and Pamapardu (Flying» Read More

 

NICOLE FORESHEW WINS 2014 NSW PARLIAMENT ABORIGINAL ART PRIZE

NICOLE FORESHEW WINS 2014 NSW PARLIAMENT ABORIGINAL ART PRIZE

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.10.14

Nicole Foreshew, a Sydney-based Aboriginal artist, has taken out the 2014 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize - announced at the awards ceremony held at Parliament House overnight. Her work, It comes without seeking 1, was chosen by...» Read More

 

2014 Redland Art Prize Goes to Margaret Loy Pula

2014 Redland Art Prize Goes to Margaret Loy Pula

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.10.14

Margaret Loy Pula wins another - this time with the 2014 Redland Art Award for her artwork, Anatye (Bush Potato), selected from 250 entries and 49 finalists. Margaret Loy Pula is the daughter of Kathleen Petyarre and niece of Wynne...» Read More

 

THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY

THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.10.14

Ken Thaiday Snr. is an artist of rare talent whose works only infrequently make their way down south. So it's all the more exciting that Sydney is getting to see his largest ever work, specially commissioned by the dynamic Carriageworks...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

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

 

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.10.14

I've just discovered a new TV series starting TONIGHT about Indigenous languages - such a key element in maintaining culture for Aboriginal people. You'll notice that a high proportion of participants are also artists. It's on the NITV channel (associated...» Read More

 

2014 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize Finalists

2014 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize Finalists

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.09.14

Digital photographs, handmade paper, sculptures, jewellery and paintings are among some of the unique works to be chosen as finalists in this year’s Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize – the most valuable art incentive on offer for Aboriginal artists...» Read More

 

Art Adds to the Beauty of a Long Distance Walking Trail

Art Adds to the Beauty of a Long Distance Walking Trail

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 22.09.14

Since reading the book, Wild: From Lost to Found Along the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, I, like many others, have been romancing the idea of a long-distance walk. And today the Larapinta Trail, a 223km walking trail along...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Exhibition

THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.10.14

Ken Thaiday Snr. is an artist of rare talent whose works only infrequently make their way down south. So it's all the more exciting that Sydney is getting to see his largest ever work, specially commissioned by the dynamic Carriageworks...» Read More

Industry Corner: 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

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

Events: Event

TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.14

With what looks like an unfortunate coincidence of timing, two worthy Indigenous charities are holding art auctions within days of each other. Arts Law is first cab off the rank, celebrating its 30th anniversary of advice specifically tailored for artists...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY

08.10.14 THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, EVELEIGH, NSW 2015
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LOLA GREENO – LIVING TREASURE

11.09.14 LOLA GREENO – LIVING TREASURE
Object Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
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