A Lycett for Christmas

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.14

A delightful project has emerged from the National Library in Canberra and the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies. “True Light and Shade” takes the early 19th Century artworks of that infamous forger Joseph Lycett and sets them into the Aboriginal context of that time – where they may have been painted, what the Indigenous subjects of the paintings may have been doing and what mythology may have been in the wind in a time “before the cultural destruction (of colonialism) impacted”. And presumably, with only 250 convicts in the high-security Coal River settlement (as Newcastle was initially called), there was a much slower decimation of the native population through imported disease than had been the case in Sydney. Lycett was transported for 14 years for forgery in 1811 – a lucky man as two thirds of guilty forgers were hanged. It was such a common crime, it needed exemplary punishment. He was even luckier in that he received an almost immediate ticket of leave to work with the printer Absolem West – but blew his luck by turning to forgery once again in 1815. That gave him 3 years hard labour in Coal River; but after just one year, a new superintendent decided that he wanted this “scenic wonderland” captured, and Lycett was ordered to set to to immortalise the Nature, the locals and any grand new buildings as they arose. Indeed one of them, Christ Church, seems to have been designed as well by the artist, and formally opened by Governor Macquarie, who must have thought he'd found himself another Greenaway. (NB – a new biography of Greenaway has also just been published). By 1822, back in Sydney, Lycett had somehow come up with enough money to buy his way back to Britain – though the» Read More

 

THE CODE REFRESHED

THE CODE REFRESHED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.12.14

The recent AGM of the Indigenous Art Code has been singularly unreported by mainstream press. Thank heavens for the specialists like AAD! For we can report a new CEO to replace John Oster and a new Chair to replace Ron...» Read More

 

TRACEY MOFFATT IS SPIRITED

TRACEY MOFFATT IS SPIRITED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.12.14

When I first arrived in Australia, an early writing commission was to preview the expat playwright Ray Matthew's wonderful outback play, 'Spring Song'. It captured country values and setting perfectly – so well, in fact, that he was whisked off...» Read More

 

DOOM & GLOOM??

DOOM & GLOOM??

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.11.14

The Australian newspaper's galumphing headline writers had a field-day last Friday with their ultra-bold claim: 'Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi’s demise echoes the fate of Aboriginal art'. The obituary continued in the words of pallbearer Nicolas Rothwell: “The high-end market for traditional...» Read More

 

THE KIMBERLEY ONLINE

THE KIMBERLEY ONLINE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.11.14

Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now has gone live online at last after a mighty development saga. It's been developed in two phases over 6 years by the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) with $1.8m. support from...» Read More

 

Ups and Downs Amongst the Art Centres

Ups and Downs Amongst the Art Centres

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.11.14

The thriving art centre at Blackstone in WA hard by the SA/NT borders has been devastated by a fire that caused irreparable damage to its archival collection and all of its stock. They lost about 90% of the works and...» Read More

 

Christmas Cheer in Rozelle this Sunday

Christmas Cheer in Rozelle this Sunday

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.11.14

Head along to Rozelle this Sunday to experience some early Christmas Cheer when the Pormpuraaw Arts and Culture Centre artists and Art Centre Manager visit the Tali Gallery. All the way from the Cape York Peninsula, the Pormpuraaw Arts and...» Read More

 

Waringarri Begins Casting...in White Aluminium

Waringarri Begins Casting...in White Aluminium

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.11.14

Waringarri artists, commissioned by Wesfarmers for its official centenary gift, have cast a collection of carved boab nuts in white aluminium. And so impressive is the result that today this Collection officially called, Boab100, was gifted to the Art Gallery...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

THE CODE REFRESHED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.12.14

The recent AGM of the Indigenous Art Code has been singularly unreported by mainstream press. Thank heavens for the specialists like AAD! For we can report a new CEO to replace John Oster and a new Chair to replace Ron...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

DOOM & GLOOM??

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.11.14

The Australian newspaper's galumphing headline writers had a field-day last Friday with their ultra-bold claim: 'Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi’s demise echoes the fate of Aboriginal art'. The obituary continued in the words of pallbearer Nicolas Rothwell: “The high-end market for traditional...» 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

 

 


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