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Camel Camp & Beyond – Utopia Artists of the Eastern Desert

Camel Camp & Beyond – Utopia Artists of the Eastern Desert

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2 September – 28 October 2016

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Camel Camp & Beyond

Camel Camp is one of about twenty outstation camps on the Utopia Homelands. These small settlements have been the basis of family life for the Alywarr and Anmatyerr people who gained freehold rights to the Utopia lands in 1978. The process of lands rights was closely followed by a growing wave of artistic output from these lands, first in batik making then by 1989 in painting.

The linked values of land and painting are well expressed by camel Camp painter Kathleen Ngale – ‘I cannot paint when I’m not on my land. My art exists because of my connection to my homelands. My home and everything it means cannot be moved or rebuilt elsewhere. I have lived here all my life.’ She also states ‘I am the oldest living generation on the Utopia homelands. I have a great responsibility to educate my family and my community about our history and the stories of our country. My paintings are ‘maps’ of our country, featuring clay pans, soakages and other geographical features, as well as sacred sites and various flora like the Ahakey, or bush plum, which I paint on the blues, purples and reds.’  (quoted on the Amnesty website on Indigenous Rights)

Many of the artists living at Camel Camp grew up on MacDonald Downs, the adjacent property owned by the Chalmers family since the 1920s. Sonja Chalmers has worked with the artists whose connections with her family go back many generations. The Utopia artists have been amongst the most successful and innovative artists involved in the Desert Art movement, which began in the early 1970s and continues equally strongly today. Sonja Chalmers rates Camel Camp as a very traditional place with powerful senior women at the helm.

The significance of place and identity is well stated by Ngarla Kunoth Monks – ‘A homeland is a place where family and extended family, all live in one area. I have certain responsibilities in my upkeep of the land, I have to perform ceremonies and look after the country through my grandmother’s line. For me, living on a homeland gives me a sense of purpose because of my responsibilities to my land, my country and to my people. I have to eventually pass down my law to my grandkids.’ (quoted on the Amnesty website on Indigenous Rights)

The exhibition of paintings from Camel Camp and Beyond runs at Japingka Gallery from 2 September to 28 October 2016 and features works by Angelina Ngal Pwerle, Kathleen Ngale, Gladdy Kemarre, Polly Ngale, Josie Petrick Kemarre, Susan Pitjara Hunter and sculptures by Sandy Hunter.

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Awely – Body Paint by Susan Pitjara Hunter

Susan Pitjara Hunter  |  Awely – Body Paint

Jap 013016  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 180 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Angelina Ngal Pwerle

Angelina Ngal Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013007  |  acrylic on linen  |  116 x 119 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Gladdy Kemarre

Gladdy Kemarre  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013010  |  acrylic on linen  |  128 x 94 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013015  |  acrylic on linen  |  148 x 116 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Ollie Kemarre

Ollie Kemarre  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013092  |  acrylic on linen  |  113 x 88 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Ollie Kemarre

Ollie Kemarre  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013014  |  acrylic on linen  |  130 x 95 cm

Awely – Body Paint by Susan Pitjara Hunter

Susan Pitjara Hunter  |  Awely – Body Paint

Jap 013018  |  acrylic on linen  |  118 x 90 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Gladdy Kemarre

Gladdy Kemarre  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013090  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

Bush Tucker Leaves by Anastasia Bundey Kemarre

Anastasia Bundey Kemarre  |  Bush Tucker Leaves

Jap 013065  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 153 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Angelina Ngal Pwerle

Angelina Ngal Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013006  |  acrylic on linen  |  127 x 90 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013067  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 91 cm

Bush Honey Flower by Jessie Pitjara Hunter

Jessie Pitjara Hunter  |  Bush Honey Flower

Jap 013091  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 121 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013066  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 91 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerle

Cowboy Loy Pwerle  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 013088  |  acrylic on linen  |  196 x 129 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013068  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 121 cm

Wildflowers by Gladdy Kemarre

Gladdy Kemarre  |  Wildflowers

Jap 013012  |  acrylic on linen  |  126 x 94 cm

Awely – Bush Honey Flower by Susan Pitjara Hunter

Susan Pitjara Hunter   |  Awely – Bush Honey Flower

Jap 013094  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 121 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Angelina Ngal Pwerle

Angelina Ngal Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013086  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Bush Men by Gladdy Kemarre

Gladdy Kemarre  |  Bush Men

Jap 013011  |  acrylic on linen  |  141 x 84 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerle

Cowboy Loy Pwerle  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 013061  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Elizabeth Mbitijana

Elizabeth Mbitijana  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013089  |  acrylic on linen  |  118 x 90 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013069  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 121 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Angelina Ngal Pwerle

Angelina Ngal Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013008  |  acrylic on linen  |  139 x 100 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerle

Cowboy Loy Pwerle  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 013062  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013070  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 121 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013093  |  acrylic on linen  |  145 x 112 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Kathleen Ngale

Kathleen Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013013  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 183 cm

Bush Plum by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum

Jap 012247  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 100 cm

Awekety – Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Awekety – Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 009658  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Angelina Ngal Pwerle

Angelina Ngal Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013017  |  acrylic on linen  |  130 x 60 cm

Awelye Atnwengerrp by Emily Pwerle

Emily Pwerle  |  Awelye Atnwengerrp

Jap 004528  |  acrylic on linen  |  70 x 55 cm

Yam Flowers by Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre  |  Yam Flowers

Jap 004094  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 115 cm

Awelye Atnwengerrp by Emily Pwerle

Emily Pwerle  |  Awelye Atnwengerrp

Jap 013063  |  acrylic on linen  |  69 x 55 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013072  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 91 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 010047  |  acrylic on canvas  |  154 x 92 cm

Anwekety  – Bush Plum by Ally Kemarre

Ally Kemarre  |  Anwekety – Bush Plum

Jap 000011  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 95 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Angelina Ngal Pwerle

Angelina Ngal Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 013009  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 83 cm

Kame – Pencil Yam Seed by Judy Purvis Kngwarreye

Judy Purvis Kngwarreye  |  Kame – Pencil Yam Seed

Jap 003753  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerle

Cowboy Loy Pwerle  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 013087  |  acrylic on linen  |  140 x 84 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013073  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 121 cm

Dog – grey and red by Sandy Hunter

Sandy Hunter  |  Dog – grey and red

Jap 013021  |  painted & carved wood  |  length 64 cm

Dog – black & white by Sandy Hunter

Sandy Hunter  |  Dog – black & white

Jap 013020  |  painted & carved wood  |  length 69 cm

West Coast Footballer by Wally Clark

Wally Clark  |  West Coast Footballer

Jap 013019  |  painted & carved wood  |  height 119 cm

Anwekety by Kathleen Ngale

Kathleen Ngale  |  Anwekety

Jap 007382  |  acrylic on linen  |  116 x 58 cm

Bush Flowers by Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 013071  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 61 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 012477  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 102 cm

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