Death at Kintore

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.10.17

Papunya Tula Artists has announced the death of artist Kumantjayi (Morris) Gibson Tjapaltjarri on Saturday 7th October 2017 at the age of about 60. Kumantjayi was the eldest son of Pintupi painting royalty, Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Ningura Napurrula and will always remain a much-loved member of the Papunya Tula family. A loveable rogue, Hawthorn Football Club fanatic, dedicated family man and brilliant artist, he lit up our lives like no other. His indomitable spirit defied modern medicine. As a child in 1963, he rolled into a camp fire and was treated in hospital for 3 months before being returned to his family's Patjantja homeland in the Gibson Desert (which gave them the name, Gibbs). Later, when doctors repeatedly delivered their sobering diagnosis on his terminal kidney disease, including the removal of both his legs, he simply shrugged off their comments, turned the key on his motorised scooter, and sped off. The man was busy and had much to do. This is how he lived his life, to the absolute fullest, and right up to the last minute. No road was too rough, no sand too deep and no tyre too flat, he remained mobile when most would’ve simply given up. His painting career spanned over twenty-five years, technically commencing in in 1987 with his first painting, but really only getting up steam when his father died in 1998. It culminated in his finest moment just weeks ago in Alice Springs during Desert Mob, in his own gallery at Papunya Tula Artists....his first solo exhibition of paintings which centred around his most celebrated sites, Untari and Lake MacDonald. To no one’s surprise the show stunned all that were fortunate enough to see it and the exhibition sold out. This body of work came from an entirely different perspective, simultaneously» Read More

 

RETURN OF MUNGO MAN

RETURN OF MUNGO MAN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.10.17

The bones of Mungo Man, discovered in 1974 and studied in Canberra ever since, will return at last to Lake Mungo in far western NSW on Friday 17th November. And the Aboriginal Advisory Group (AAG) to the Willandra Lakes World...» Read More

 

TARNANTHI 2017

TARNANTHI 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.17

The program has been published for the second Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide. At the Art Gallery where Director and curator Nici Cumpston holds sway, no fewer than 189 artists are listed as showing their wares – 58 involved in the...» Read More

 

Carnivale at Bundaberg

Carnivale at Bundaberg

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 06.09.17

Bundaberg, the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, will play host to a troupe of local and touring artists, acrobats, writers, filmmakers, choir singers and Indigenous designers from 6 to 15 October for Crush Festival 2017. The 10-day festival...» Read More

 

Lighting up the MacDonnell Ranges

Lighting up the MacDonnell Ranges

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 27.08.17

The Parrtjima Festival of Light will colour bomb around two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges with a light show accompanied to music for a second year. Running over 10 consecutive nights, the location (just outside of Alice Springs) attracted some...» Read More

 

Natsiaas 2017

Natsiaas 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.08.17

Given the anniversaries celebrated this year - the 1967 Referendum, the Mabo verdict, etc - and the recent Uluru Statement process, it was perhaps inevitable that the 2017 NATSIAAs would feel profoundly political. And that's not just the Big Telstra...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.08.17

At a time when the whole future of the Indigenous relationship with non-Indigenous Australia is up for discussions like last night's eloquent ABC TV 'Q&A' program, the centrality of art-making to both the cultural and economic life of remote communities...» Read More

 

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.08.17

Dennis Scholl may have fired up Aboriginal art on the US stage with his overnight Damascene discovery in 2008 of abstraction in Indigenous paintings, leading to a collection that had reached 320 works just a few years later, followed by...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

TARNANTHI 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.17

The program has been published for the second Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide. At the Art Gallery where Director and curator Nici Cumpston holds sway, no fewer than 189 artists are listed as showing their wares – 58 involved in the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Festival

Carnivale at Bundaberg

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 06.09.17

Bundaberg, the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, will play host to a troupe of local and touring artists, acrobats, writers, filmmakers, choir singers and Indigenous designers from 6 to 15 October for Crush Festival 2017. The 10-day festival...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» 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

 

 


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