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  • Amanda Westley – The Painting of All of Me

    Amanda Conway-Jones (nee Westley) is part of the Ngarrindjeri clan in South Australia. Here she talks about piecing her family history together, her art and her life in the coastal town of Victor Harbor. Amanda is talking on the day after the opening of her first solo exhibition. Growing Up Where did ...

  • Many Stories in Shades of Blue at Japingka Gallery

    Blue is a fascinating colour - it seems that it appeals universally as a colour.  Having said that, historically it has been an incredibly difficult colour to extract for artists and artisans. All the earth colours we can get from pigments in the ground. However, when it comes to finding ...

  • Amanda Westley (Conway-Jones) First Solo Show at Japingka

    It’s great to see a room full of paintings by Amanda Westley (Conway-Jones), who is a new artist to Japingka Gallery. Amanda has put together a wonderful group of small and medium-sized paintings showing aspects of her life on the coast at Victor Harbor in South Australia. Her paintings evoke the ...

  • Rover Thomas Painting a Highlight at Japingka Gallery

    This particular painting is one of my favourite paintings by the late great Rover Thomas Joolama. Rover is easily recognised as one of the greats of the Indigenous Fine Art Movement. He is from Warman or Turkey Creek in the Kimberley region of the north-west part of Western Australia. He was ...

  • A Fresh Look at Teaching Aboriginal Culture & Art

    It was exciting this week to see the Amercian teacher website, The Art of Education, publish an insightful piece about Aboriginal art. In her article, Aboriginal Art: Revisited, Researched, and Revamped!, writer Lindsey Moss makes the observation that visual art teachers in North America are interested in the area of Aboriginal art. ...

  • What is the Connection Between the Dreamtime and Songlines?

    The Dreaming is the description of a sacred time that saw the creation of the world as Aboriginal people know it and understand it. Dreamtime is the word used in the English language, but there are many words across the Aboriginal languages, including Tjukurrpa and Ngarrangkarni. Both words mean a ...

  • Did Aboriginal Artists Use Western Art Traditions to Preserve Culture?

    We were recently asked did the contemporary Aboriginal art movement start as a way to meld Western art tradition with Aboriginal culture, for the preservation of that culture? I think the answer is no. I think it's probably the opposite of that. I think the impetus that started the movement came ...

  • Did Contemporary Aboriginal Art Really Start in the 1970s?

    We've had some correspondence from an art teacher in the United States. She was wanting to clarify a few points about Aboriginal art and we've decided to share the questions and our answers. Her first question focused on when contemporary art started. Contemporary Aboriginal painting really established its roots in the ...

  • Edward Blitner New Works – Rarrk Cross-hatching

    We are enjoying having the latest paintings from Eddie Blitner in the gallery. We've shown works from Eddie for the past eight years. It's exciting to see that he's taken his most recent work to a higher level of complexity. And also now working on larger canvases than we've seen ...

  • Symbolism in Aboriginal Art – Thoughts From Sarrita King

    Sarrita King is a well-established Australian artist. Here she talks about recent questions she has had about Aboriginal art symbols, and whether symbols are linked across cultures and universal or more specific to a cultural group. She discusses the origin and meaning of some of the symbols that she and ...

  • Ancestors, Elements, Heritage – Sarrita King & Tarisse King

    Sarrita and Tarisse King are putting new works up for their exhibition, Ancestors, Elements, Heritage, which opens on the 22nd of September. It's always fantastic to see their latest paintings because these two artists work so closely together. At the moment they're physically further apart than they ever have been. Tarisse ...

  • Large Wall Art By Damien & Yilpi Marks

    Where do you find large wall art for spaces like the foyers of contemporary buildings? It's the type of art that will sit well with neutral interiors. It is larger scale art with a warm focus that adds life and energy to a room. The latest works by husband and wife team ...

  • New Indigenous Textiles – The Next Wave

    Ian Plunkett reflects on the 2017 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) in Darwin and the excitement around the re-emergence of Indigenous textiles. You couldn't attend this year's Aboriginal Art Fair without noticing the growing excitement around Indigenous textiles. The colours and textures of fabric and clothing created a fresh energy and ...

  • 2017 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    Japingka Aboriginal Art's Ian Plunkett reflects on the 34TH TELSTRA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) This is Australia’s longest running and the most prestigious Indigenous art award. It aims to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia. It ...

  • Tjunguṉutja – The Stunning Papunya Exhibition

    Tjungunutja Papunya exhibition

    Ian Plunkett reflects on the exhibition of early Papunya works on display in Darwin. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory have put together an extraordinary exhibition of paintings from the early works from Papunya. It is called Tjungunutja which means "having come together". This is a seminal exhibition. I ...