The Pilbara – Yinjaa-Barni Artists

Gallery 1

5 June - 18 July 2012

 

Jiirda – Increasing Site by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jiirda – Increasing Site

Jap 007163  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 74 cm

Colours Through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy   |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 008033  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 62 cm

Colours of the Pilbara by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Colours of the Pilbara

Jap 008035  |  acrylic on canvas  |  121 x 75 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 008054  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 63 cm

Harding Dam Lake by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Harding Dam Lake

Jap 008032  |  acrylic on canvas  |  129 x 103 cm

Millstream Tableland Country by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Millstream Tableland Country

Jap 008051  |  acrylic on canvas  |  123 x 76 cm

Emu Seeds by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seeds

Jap 008128  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 45 cm

Millstream Waterholes by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Millstream Waterholes

Jap 008147  |  acrylic on canvas  |  159 x 83 cm

Jiirda – Increasing Site by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jiirda – Increasing Site

Jap 008196  |  acrylic on canvas  |  196 x 126 cm

Mt Hubert – Going through our Country by Dinah Ingie

Dinah Ingie  |  Mt Hubert – Going through our Country

Jap 008148  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 98 cm

Rugged Country by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Rugged Country

Jap 008039  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 88 cm

Country by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country

Jap 008193  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 86 cm

In the Beginning When the World was Soft by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning When the World was Soft

Jap 008151  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 92 cm

Colours Through the Rocks by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 008036  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 45 cm

Blue Gum by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy   |  Blue Gum

Jap 008041  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

Fireworks by Maudie Jerrold

Maudie Jerrold  |  Fireworks

Jap 008129  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 29 cm

Country in Spring by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country in Spring

Jap 006025  |  acrylic on canvas  |  106 x 104 cm

Wild Flowers Blooming by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Wild Flowers Blooming

Jap 008127  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 30 cm

When the World was Soft (triptych) by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  When the World was Soft (triptych)

Jap 008192  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 100 cm

Wgurri – Native Wattle by Barngi Pansy Sambo

Barngi Pansy Sambo  |  Wgurri – Native Wattle

Jap 008047  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 58 cm

Wild Flowers In Bloom by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Wild Flowers In Bloom

Jap 008053  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 74 cm

Burst of Spring by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Burst of Spring

Jap 008037  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 82 cm

Coral Reef by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Coral Reef

Jap 008149  |  acrylic on canvas  |  69 x 92 cm

In the Beginning by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning

Jap 005755  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 77 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 006658  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 76 cm

Burst of Spring by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Burst of Spring

Jap 007197  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 008034  |  acrylic on canvas  |  114 x 75 cm

Flat Country Flowers by Barngi Pansy Sambo

Barngi Pansy Sambo  |  Flat Country Flowers

Jap 008052  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 89 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 008152  |  acrylic on canvas  |  68 x 92 cm

Wild Flowers Blooming by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Wild Flowers Blooming

Jap 008038  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 75 cm

Colours through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 008195  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 82 cm

Colours through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 008194  |  acrylic on canvas  |  196 x 83 cm

Country in Spring by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Country in Spring

Jap 008045  |  acrylic on canvas  |  134 x 60 cm

Picket Fences by Maudie Jerrold

Maudie Jerrold  |  Picket Fences

Jap 008146  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 82 cm

Country Bluebells by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country Bluebells

Jap 008154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

Jarman Lighthouse by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jarman Lighthouse

Jap 007219  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 87 cm

Ngarndu Ngurra – Table Land Slabs by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Ngarndu Ngurra – Table Land Slabs

Jap 007164  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 76 cm

Fremantle Lighthouse by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Fremantle Lighthouse

Jap 008031  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 60 cm

Yinjaa-Barni Artists are traditional owners from the Fortescue River region, and their paintings depict the remarkable country of the Pilbara in Western Australia’s north-west. The contrasts of the harsh environment with the hidden gorges of cool water, the seeds and flowers bursting out after rain, are moments that belong to the great Creation stories of the Marrga. This exhibition is presented in association with Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre.

When artists from Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara region paint the broken rocky landscape of that harsh landscape, they mix it with extraordinary images of rockpools and seeds and flowers. The artists know the toughness of the country as well as the underlying regeneration that comes from the Marrga, or Creation narratives that underpin their Aboriginal culture.

The artists in Japingka’s The Pilbara: Yinjaa-Barni Artists are Yindjibarndi people of the Fortescue River region. Their emergence into the Aboriginal art world has been a recent journey made over the past ten years. For decades the indigenous people of the Pilbara had resisted joining the growing desert art movement, their leaders suspicious of the results of allowing the outside world any glimpse into the deeply held cultural traditions that underpin Aboriginal art and storytelling.

Recognition of the high-calibre of their art has been swift. Yinjaa-Barni manager, Patricia Floyd says: “The quality of the artists’ work is reflected in the large number of prizes they have won at the Cossack Art Awards, in the inclusion of senior artists, Clifton Mack and Allery Sandy, in the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award in Darwin, and in the honour they received when a painting by Marlene Harold was chosen to be presented to Queen Elizabeth on visit to Australia in 2011.”

So when the Yinjaa-Barni artists exhibit their work at Japingka Gallery, we see their world view and their bonds to the earth – abstracted views of the eroded rock faces alongside glowing green and blue visions of the Creation of the earth, from a time when “the world was soft’ . Clifton Mack and Aileen Sandy are the artists who bring us the jarring surfaces of the iron rich rockfaces. Marlene Harold and Allery Sandy give us the countering images of water and regeneration.

The artists share their storytelling traditions and their basic ties to the land, while their futures are also tied to their relationships with the expanding Pilbara mining industry. The artists show a vision of the Pilbara alive to the purpose of its aboriginal inhabitants – full of meaning, culture and history.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following link:

Clifton Mack