Arlpwe Artists: Off the Beaten Track

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8 April - 24 May 2022

 

Desert Hills by Sonya Napaljarri Murphy

Sonya Napaljarri Murphy  |  Desert Hills

Jap 019551  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Ngulu, Burned Country by Judy Nampijinpa Long

Judy Nampijinpa Long  |  Ngulu, Burned Country

Jap 019549  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 91 cm

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Sandy Hills by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills

Jap 019547  |  acrylic on linen  |  106 x 61 cm

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Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming by Warrick Japangardi Miller

Warrick Japangardi Miller  |  Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming

Jap 019553  |  acrylic and ochre on canvas  |  106 x 92 cm

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Akarntety-arntetye – Gecko by Judy Nampijinpa Long

Judy Nampijinpa Long  |  Akarntety-arntetye – Gecko

Jap 019548  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 76 cm

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Floodways I by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Floodways I

Jap 019613  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

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Floodways by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Floodways

Jap 019668  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 56 cm

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Alekerange Twempere I by Sonya Napaljarri Murphy

Sonya Napaljarri Murphy  |  Alekerange Twempere I

Jap 019617  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Ngapa – Water Dreaming by Warrick Japangardi Miller

Warrick Japangardi Miller  |  Ngapa – Water Dreaming

Jap 019554  |  acrylic and ochre on canvas  |  118 x 78 cm

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Sandy Hills by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills

Jap 019546  |  acrylic on canvas  |  106 x 61 cm

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Landscape of My Country by Maria Napanangka Dickenson

Maria Napanangka Dickenson  |  Landscape of My Country

Jap 019636  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

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Ngapa Dreaming by Warrick Japangardi Miller

Warrick Japangardi Miller  |  Ngapa Dreaming

Jap 019616  |  acrylic and ochre on linen  |  107 x 101 cm

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Sandy Hills & Soakages by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills & Soakages

Jap 019542  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 61 cm

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Untitled by Marcus Camphoo

Marcus Camphoo  |  Untitled

Jap 019552  |  acrylic on canvas  |  151 x 121 cm

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Sandy Hills & Soakages by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills & Soakages

Jap 019543  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 61 cm

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Alekerange Twempere II by Sonya Napaljarri Murphy

Sonya Napaljarri Murphy  |  Alekerange Twempere II

Jap 019618  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 123 cm

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Pereltye by Judy Nampijinpa Long

Judy Nampijinpa Long  |  Pereltye

Jap 019615  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 106 cm

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Floodways II by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Floodways II

Jap 019614  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

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Ngulu by Judy Nampijinpa Long

Judy Nampijinpa Long  |  Ngulu

Jap 019550  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 76 cm

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Sandy Hills & Soakages by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills & Soakages

Jap 019541  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 46 cm

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Rainbow by Warrick Japangardi Miller

Warrick Japangardi Miller  |  Rainbow

Jap 019556  |  acrylic and ochre on canvas  |  106 x 90 cm

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Sandy Hills & Soakages by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills & Soakages

Jap 019545  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 46 cm

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Women’s Ngapa Jukurrpa by Warrick Japangardi Miller

Warrick Japangardi Miller  |  Women’s Ngapa Jukurrpa

Jap 019555  |  acrylic and ochre on linen  |  107 x 92 cm

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Sandy Hills by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills

Jap 019669  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 56 cm

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Sandy Hills & Soakages by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills & Soakages

Jap 019544  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 46 cm

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Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre is located on Kaytetye Country in the community of Ali Curung, 380 km north of Alice Springs and 30kms east of the Stuart Highway. The art centre represents artists from four main langauge groups – Kaytetye, Warlpiri, Alyawarr and Warumungu. The Art Centre opened in 2008 and the name Arlpwe was provided by the Traditional Owners. Arlpwe (pronounced Arl-boe) means “this country all over, no waterhole, no rivers, only soakage and spinifex country” as defined by Mr Mick Waake. Ali Curung has a population of up to 380 people. The art centre works to support traditional culture as well as introducing new forms of art practice.

‘I think there’s a bit of an Ali Curung renaissance taking place’ says Arts Manager Levi McLean. ‘It’s not a place that’s well known for painting, although there has been a history of exceptional carvers in the past. I don’t think the painting has really been on the radar until now. I think that is about to change. The work is beautiful, fresh, and profound, and it’s wonderful that Japingka can share that with a global audience. It’s a really exciting time.’

‘Each painting on display at Japingka maps a journey. In some works, such as those by Warrick Japangardi Miller , the movements and deeds of ancestral beings are traced through the timeless landscapes they traverse. While Marcus Kemarre Camphoo wields his natural affinity towards large, gestural, and bold abstractions to explore the nuances of his signature ‘grid’ geometry. Other works by Judy Nampijinpa Long , Sarah Nabangardi Holmes and Sonya Napaljarri Murphy pave their way with limited, oxide-rich palettes to reveal the ebb and flow of the landscape and surrounding Iytwelepenty.’

‘Ali Curing is soakage Country. There are no waterholes, no rivers. Only rare weather events bring water to the dry grass plains that envelop the region. For the artists, this fact of life is a theme of many of the works on show. These paintings are inseparable from sacred underground water that sustains life in the bush: they speak to contemporary events as the much as the ancestral.’

‘These concerns are especially pertinent today given the community’s ongoing challenge to the unsustainable water license approved by the NT government for nearby Singleton Station. Last year, alongside other artists from Arlpwe, Sarah, Judy, Sonya, and Warrick protested the decision, facing up to news reporters with both painting and picket. Water rights go further than the twenty-four-hour news cycle. The connection between spiritual life, people and water is enshrined in the various Indigenous knowledge systems that inform these paintings.

The exhibition Arlpwe Artists: Off the Beaten Track is  presented in association with Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre and is on display at Japingka Gallery until 24 May 2022.