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Recent Works

Recent Works

Gallery 2

3 August - 12 September 2012

About Recent Works

3 August – 12 September 2012

Warlpiri artist Dorothy Napangardi depicts a major women’s ceremonial site known as Mina Mina, the artist’s custodial country, located near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu.  During the Dreaming, Ancestral women of the Napangardi and Napanangka sub-section groups gathered to collect ceremonial digging sticks (kurduru) that had emerged from the ground.  They then proceeded east, performing rituals of song and dance, to the place known as Jankinyi.

To portray her Mina Mina, the artist has created a striking check-like design in which white plays across the black background, intersecting and weaving, pulling and pushing the eye from one point to the next. The painting can be read like a map through which the viewer moves across the terrain and around the water soakages of Mina Mina.

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa deals with Owl Dreaming known as Coreyuldo Tjukurrpa. The site associated with this Dreaming is north of Tjukurla in Western Australia. The large roundel signifies the waterhole where this Dreaming takes place. The shapes surrounding the waterhole are hills, which hide the waterhole from being visible across the landscape.

The lines running across the canvas represent ‘big mob tali tali’ or large sand hills. During the Dreamtime, Owls would come to this waterhole to drink water. It became a place for these supersized Owls to camp as they travelled across the country to the East.

Abie Loy paints the Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming story, referring to the leaves of a native shrub that is renowned for its medicinal properties.  It grows abundantly in the desert regions of Utopia, the artist’s homeland, north-east of Alice Springs. During the life of the plant, the leaves change colour and as they do so, they exhibit different medicinal properties.

“This is my grandfather’s story.  This country is known as Artenya.  Ceremonies are held at this sacred site, which is west from Mosquito Bore.  The Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming Trail goes to Mosquito Bore and stops there.”

The stories that these Aboriginal artists tell provide the context for their powerful paintings that form part of the exhibition entitled Recent Works, now showing at Japingka Gallery from 3 August to 12 September 2012.

Exhibiting Artists include: Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Peter Mbitjana Palmer, Anna Petyarre, Dulcie Kelly Nangala, Tanya Bird, Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Nyungawarra Ward Napurrula, Kay Willis, Julie Robinson Nangala and Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty.

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

Dorothy Napangardi

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Abie Loy Kemarre

Maureen Hudson Nampitjinpa

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Ngaminya by Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala  |  Ngaminya

Jap 008030  |  acrylic on linen  |  238 x 120 cm

Coreyuldo Tjukurrpa – Owl Dreaming by Esther Giles Nampitjinpa

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa  |  Coreyuldo Tjukurrpa – Owl Dreaming

Jap 008267  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 76 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 007633  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Yalka – Bush Onion Dreaming by Peter Mbitjana Palmer

Peter Mbitjana Palmer  |  Yalka – Bush Onion Dreaming

Jap 008352  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

Medicine Leaf by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Medicine Leaf

Jap 008334  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Sand Hills by Dulcie Kelly Nangala

Dulcie Kelly Nangala   |  Sand Hills

Jap 008059  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Bush Hen Dreaming by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Bush Hen Dreaming

Jap 008277  |  acrylic on linen  |  140 x 85 cm

Awurrapun – Crocodile Story by Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty  |  Awurrapun – Crocodile Story

Jap 005992  |  acrylic on linen  |  158 x 120 cm

My Country by Maureen Hudson Nampitjinpa

Maureen Hudson Nampitjinpa  |  My Country

Jap 008274  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 46 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 007681  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 30 cm

Bush Medicine Leaf by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaf

Jap 008157  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 30 cm

Crocodile by Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty  |  Crocodile

Jap 007407  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 30 cm

Awelye by Tanya Bird Mpetyane

Tanya Bird Mpetyane  |  Awelye

Jap 008158  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 30 cm

Mina Mina Dreaming by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Mina Mina Dreaming

Jap 008329  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Rockhole by Kay Willis

Kay Willis  |  Rockhole

Jap 007302  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Awelye – Women’s Ceremony by Tanya Bird Mpetyane

Tanya Bird Mpetyane  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 007761  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 93 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 007680  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 30 cm

Sandhills of Mina Mina by Julie Robinson Nangala

Julie Robinson Nangala  |  Sandhills of Mina Mina

Jap 008330  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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