The Mural Project

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.07.15

Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist who learnt the technique of traditional brush painting under the tutelage of a great master while growing up in the Anhui province of China. He arrived in Australia in 1988, and staged an exhibition in Melbourne. A month later he travelled to Alice Springs where he met Aboriginal people for the first time. In early 1990, he travelled to the Kimberley in Western Australia, and it was in Broome that he met and became friends with Aboriginal artist, Jimmy Pike, who later took Xiaoping to his Country in the Fitzroy Crossing region. The artists began collaborating together, and by 1996 had sufficient works to hold a joint exhibition in China, in Xiaoping's home town. It was a time when China knew little about Australian Aboriginal arts and culture, and Jimmy Pike was the first Australian Aboriginal artist to have exhibited there. But by 1999, when they held their second exhibition at the National Gallery of China in Beijing, interest had built, paving the way for other Aboriginal artists and groups. Xiaoping's next collaboration was with the late Johnny Bulunbulun (who he had known since 1989), and made famous as the subject of an award-winning documentary called, Ochre and Ink (2012), which followed the artists over several years as they worked toward what was to become the Trepang exhibition. And it's this documentary (which aired on the ABC last weekend) that shows us just how the artists worked together: Using a technique which has produced works of amazingly beautiful textures and colours, the Aboriginal artist applied ochres alongside Xiaoping's Chinese inks on rice paper, laid out on the floor and later fixed to canvas. The Trepang, China & the story of Macassan – Aboriginal Trade exhibition was first shown at the Capital Museum in China,» Read More

 

The Wonderful World of Wayne Quilliam

The Wonderful World of Wayne Quilliam

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.07.15

Wayne Quilliam is described as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Indigenous photographic artists, curators and cultural advisors working on the international scene. But to be a little more specific, he has won a Walkley Award, been named a NAIDOC Artist of...» Read More

 

BLAK WIT IN THE WEST

BLAK WIT IN THE WEST

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.07.15

The differences between the two major Indigenous art prizes in Australia – the NATSIAAs in Darwin and the WA Indigenous Art Awards in Perth – may be widening. While this year's finalists up North are predominantly artists from remote communities...» Read More

 

TELSTRAS CHARGE ON

TELSTRAS CHARGE ON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.07.15

The recent release of the 65 names that will be adjudged next month for the six National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art awards – the NATSIAAs – conceal some remarkable developments in Darwin. It seems unlikely that they originated...» Read More

 

Master of Art, Humour & Political Insight

Master of Art, Humour & Political Insight

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.07.15

2015 Archibald finalist Adam (aka Black Douglas) Hill has talked about the subject of his entry, Smoke and mirrors Uncle Max Eulo as having, "...etched his way into modern Sydney Aboriginal culture somewhat enigmatically. "I recall seeing him for the...» Read More

 

Resale Royalty Admin Fee Increase

Resale Royalty Admin Fee Increase

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.06.15

Copyright Agency has just announced a 5% increase in its administration fees on Resale Royalties, to take effect from 1 July 2015. This increase brings the service cost to 15%, in line with fees being charged by resale schemes internationally....» Read More

 

'EARTH AND SKY' AT TARRAWARRA

'EARTH AND SKY' AT TARRAWARRA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.06.15

When the eight Indigenous artists chosen for the Musee du quai Branly commission were announced in 2005, John Mawurndjul from Maningrida made a dynamic speech entirely in his Kuninjku language, and everyone there at the Art Gallery of NSW felt...» Read More

 

THE IRREPRESSIBLE MRS B

THE IRREPRESSIBLE MRS B

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.06.15

The late Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa – more frequently known as Mrs Bennett or Mrs B – is the latest Aboriginal artist to receive the accolade of a Big Picture Book costing over a hundred dollars ($110 from Macmillan, to be precise)....» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Industry

The Mural Project

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.07.15

Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist who learnt the technique of traditional brush painting under the tutelage of a great master while growing up in the Anhui province of China. He arrived in Australia in 1988, and staged an exhibition...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

The Wonderful World of Wayne Quilliam

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.07.15

Wayne Quilliam is described as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Indigenous photographic artists, curators and cultural advisors working on the international scene. But to be a little more specific, he has won a Walkley Award, been named a NAIDOC Artist of...» 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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