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  • Omie Artists Barkcloth From Papua New Guinea

    Gallery 2 features fibre art from two very different locations. On the walls we have barkcloth or nioge which are made in different villages of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea. The women artists from fourteen villages have formed a cooperative to show their art around the world. The cloth-making is ...

  • Tjanpi Weavers Bring Some Animal Magic To Japingka

      Tjanpi Desert Weavers with their fibre art woven creatures are sharing the gallery with the Omie Artists and their barkcloths. The tradition from Tjanpi Weavers shares some common features with the New Guinea artists in the way a wide group of communities and artists are using materials from the environment ...

  • New Generation of Warlpiri Artists From The Tanami Desert

    The group of Warlpiri artists who work at Warlukurlangu Art Centre in Central Australia are one of the strongest and most consistent art communities working in remote Australia. They have been exhibiting with us for over a dozen years. As the generations flow through, some very important artists have come ...

  • Warakurna Artists Paintings From Paradise

    The paintings from artists at Warakurna are looking beautiful in the gallery. The show is called "Welcome to Paradise: Paintings of Homelands." That title comes from a discussion between artist Eunice Porter and Jane Menzies at Warakurna. Eunice said, "These are our homelands. This is where we hunt. This is ...

  • Ampilatwatja Artists and The Land of Their Dreaming Stories

    The artists of Ampilatwatja have provided a beautiful exhibition in Gallery 2. The collection includes some wonderful lengths of silk scarves which are 1.8 metres long. Just like the paintings, they have enormous detail about the country as well as references to bush medicine and bush plants. The vegetation includes ...

  • 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 ...