Yulparitja Rugs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.04.17

The Yulparitja artists of Bidyadanga near Broome have used their agency with that town's Short St Gallery to supply their art to Sydney company, Designer Rugs to produce a set of substantial floor-coverings. Five masters of Yulparitja art - Weaver Jack, Jan Billycan, Alma Webou, Lydia Balbal and Daniel Walbidi are involved – with the Walbidi rug coming in two versions depending on a house's shape. All designs are currently on show in Queen Street, Woollahra – but only until Sunday. This is the second collaboration Designer Rugs has had with Aboriginal artists. Agents for the late Minnie Pwerle supplied seven of the artist's trademark hectic designs to make two by three metre rugs from New Zealand wool, and they were popular. This time there are some size variations and the rugs have been hand-made with hair knots in Nepal using Tibetan sheeps' wool. Pick of the bunch – artistically – has to be Jan Billycan's work, 'Kirriwirri'. But both Lydia Balbal's 'Pikarong' and Weaver Jack's 'Lungarung' would find room in my house – especially as the rugs at about $5000 are cheaper than the original paintings would have been! Possibly this price is because, unlike the Pwerles, the Yulparitja rugs won't be in limited editions. But they will be produced to order. After this weekend, Designer Rugs can be found in Leichhardt where the Indigenous rugs will lie beside such famous designers' as Akira Isogawa, Catherine (Luhrmann) Martin, Dinosaur Designs and Vivian Chan Shaw.» Read More

 

THE NATIONAL

THE NATIONAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.17

What is conjured by a title like 'The National'? For Poms, it's a horse race at Aintree; for the writers in the opening stanza's catalogue, it's an opportunity to consider whether Australia actually is a nation; for the art punters...» Read More

 

CAIRNS FAIRS UP

CAIRNS FAIRS UP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.04.17

Now in its eighth year, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is a celebration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts cultures of Queensland. It's also one of the town's biggest drawcards, attracting a record 51,000 people to its...» Read More

 

Biennale of Sydney Artists Announced

Biennale of Sydney Artists Announced

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.04.17

Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, today revealed the first group of 21 artists selected for the Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art event. With around 70 artists expected to be included in the 21st Biennale, this...» Read More

 

ALL IS REVEALED IN THE WEST

ALL IS REVEALED IN THE WEST

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.04.17

The annual Revealed Exhibition this weekend in Perth features works by more than 75 new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists from 23 art centres all over the state, showcasing the diverse and vibrant condition of contemporary Aboriginal art in the...» Read More

 

The Indigenous Art Market - An Insider's Observation

The Indigenous Art Market - An Insider's Observation

Posted by Ralph Hobbs | 05.04.17

About the Author Ralph Hobbs is a giant of a man, looking more like a gym instructor than an art dealer. His Sydney CBD business - Nanda/Hobbs - is as imaginative in its ways of dealing art as the surrounding...» Read More

 

A PARTING OF THE WAYS

A PARTING OF THE WAYS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.04.17

To own so much art that you can hold not one but three auction sales of it – the latest of more than 150 works - may seem a tad excessive. But any time spent with Liz Laverty – widow...» Read More

 

Zach's Ceremony

Zach's Ceremony

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

A documentary film which featured at the Sydney Film Festival last June, and which Jeremy Eccles reviewed, is now hitting cinemas around Australia. We're re-running his review so he can you why it's well worth the outing. (Note: Zach's Ceremony...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

Yulparitja Rugs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.04.17

The Yulparitja artists of Bidyadanga near Broome have used their agency with that town's Short St Gallery to supply their art to Sydney company, Designer Rugs to produce a set of substantial floor-coverings. Five masters of Yulparitja art - Weaver...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

THE NATIONAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.17

What is conjured by a title like 'The National'? For Poms, it's a horse race at Aintree; for the writers in the opening stanza's catalogue, it's an opportunity to consider whether Australia actually is a nation; for the art punters...» Read More

Events: Event

A PARTING OF THE WAYS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.04.17

To own so much art that you can hold not one but three auction sales of it – the latest of more than 150 works - may seem a tad excessive. But any time spent with Liz Laverty – widow...» Read More

Events: Event

Milingimbi's Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

In August of last year, AAD writer Jeremy Eccles wrote a review of an exhibition then headed for the Art Gallery of NSW to showcase the work of artists from Milingimbi from the 1950s. In it, he wrote that Milingimbi...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Yulparitja Rugs

21.04.17 Yulparitja Rugs
Level 3, 36 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney
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Biennale of Sydney Artists Announced

06.04.17 Biennale of Sydney Artists Announced
Multiple venues across Sydney
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