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Artists from Ngukurr

Artists from Ngukurr

Gallery 2

22 July – 24 August 2016

Ngukurr art centre has represented a diverse group of artists from S-E Arnhem Land over several decades. The work continues to show the great cultural variation that comes from the nine different language groups that make up the community. Ngukurr community is located on a river crossing of the Roper River and is cut off from road access to the nearest town of Katherine when the river is in full capacity during the wet season. Ngukurr was originally a mission settlement from 1908 to 1968 established for Aboriginal people displaced from their traditional lands. Since then it has been managed by an Aboriginal Council of elders.

The exhibition includes representatives of the current generation of artists working at Ngukurr. They are Wally Wilfred, Alan Joshua, Gwenneth Blitner, Iris Wanambi, Joyce Huddlestone and Karen Rogers. Also represented are some historical works that show the artistic and narrative style developed at Ngukurr. These artists include Willie Gudapi, Djambu Barra Barra, Gertie Huddleston and Maureen Thompson.

No one style has dominated from Ngukurr artists but a strong theme of narrative works showing the living conditions of the people with colourful figurative elements has prevailed. Willie Gudapi (1916-1996) painted his ancestral hunting grounds with an abundance of wild food and always included his grandfather spirit on the lands. His style was colourful and representative of the plants and animals that grew in abundance. So also Gertie Huddleston (c1930-2013) painted the bush gardens grown on the mission and the local landscapes as lush tropical wonderlands. Djambu Barra Barra (c1946-2006) often painted the large animals that were the focus of hunting, and covered them with tribal marks and section lines for when they were to be distributed as meat amongst the people.

This narrative style is carried on in the works of Wally Wilfred and Karen Rogers, while Alan Joshua jnr has kept the colour palette but made more abstract images of his community. Gwenneth Blitner shows the more traditional style of Arnhem Land, using the cross hatching rarrk over traditional animals and utensils.

The exhibition ‘Artists from Ngukurr’ is on at Japingka Gallery from 22 July to 24 August and is open daily.

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Ceremony for Bones by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Ceremony for Bones

Jap 012877  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 118 cm

Station Life by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Station Life

Jap 012878  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 80 cm

Lost Generation Mob by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Lost Generation Mob

Jap 012879  |  acrylic on canvas  |  139 x 108 cm

Ngukurr in the 1970s by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Ngukurr in the 1970s

Jap 012880  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 80 cm

Ngukurr Our Community by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Ngukurr Our Community

Jap 012881  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 89 cm

Cave by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Cave

Jap 012882  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 89 cm

Four Seasons by Faith Thompson Nelson

Faith Thompson Nelson  |  Four Seasons

Jap 012957  |  acrylic on canvas  |  157 x 120 cm

Warrall by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Warrall

Jap 012884  |  acrylic on canvas  |  121 x 114 cm

Gagu – Grandmother by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Gagu – Grandmother

Jap 012955  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 65 cm

Gagu Spirit Country by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Gagu Spirit Country

Jap 012883  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 64 cm

Our History by Karen Rogers

Karen Rogers  |  Our History

Jap 012885  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 116 cm

Bush Banana by Gweneth Blitner

Gweneth Blitner  |  Bush Banana

Jap 012886  |  acrylic on canvas  |  59 x 59 cm

Landscape by Gweneth Blitner

Gweneth Blitner  |  Landscape

Jap 012887  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Bush Flowers by Joyce Huddleston

Joyce Huddleston  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 012949  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 74 cm

Bush Flowers by Joyce Huddleston

Joyce Huddleston  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 012950  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 106 cm

Ngukurr Sunrise by Gweneth Blitner

Gweneth Blitner  |  Ngukurr Sunrise

Jap 012951  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Dhappi Mirr Walu – Time for Initiation Ceremony by Iris Wanambi

Iris Wanambi  |  Dhappi Mirr Walu – Time for Initiation Ceremony

Jap 012956  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 117 cm

Turtle by Iris Wanambi

Iris Wanambi  |  Turtle

Jap 012888  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

Tools by Iris Wanambi

Iris Wanambi  |  Tools

Jap 012889  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Dreamtime Window by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Dreamtime Window

Jap 012952  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 90 cm

Homeland Spirits by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Homeland Spirits

Jap 012953  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 65 cm

Ngarrk Ngarrk by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Ngarrk Ngarrk

Jap 012954  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 59 cm

Coast at Limmen Bight by Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson  |  Coast at Limmen Bight

Jap 010516  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Devil Devil Spirit Figure by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Devil Devil Spirit Figure

Jap 013000  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 114 cm

Water Buffalo by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Water Buffalo

Jap 010519  |  acrylic on canvas  |  187 x 133 cm

Ngukurr Gardens by Gertie Huddleston

Gertie Huddleston  |  Ngukurr Gardens

Jap 003728  |  acrylic on linen  |  87 x 59 cm

Gardens at Ngukurr by Gertie Huddleston

Gertie Huddleston  |  Gardens at Ngukurr

Jap 003729  |  acrylic on linen  |  128 x 56 cm

My Country by Gertie Huddleston

Gertie Huddleston  |  My Country

Jap 009679  |  acrylic on canvas board  |  38 x 25 cm

Alawa Story by Willie Gudapi

Willie Gudapi  |  Alawa Story

Jap 012132  |  acrylic on canvas  |  128 x 84 cm

Yalmirr by Barney Ellaga

Barney Ellaga  |  Yalmirr

Jap 000056  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Carving 1 – Devil Devil by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Carving 1 – Devil Devil

Jap 012999  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 117 cm

Devil Devil with Bamboo by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Devil Devil with Bamboo

Jap 012997  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 65 cm

Fighting Devil Devil by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Fighting Devil Devil

Jap 012998  |  acrylic on linen  |  124 x 94 cm

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