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Desert Song

Desert Song

Gallery 1

4 April – 21 May 2014

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Desert Song

4 April – 21 May 2014

The extraordinary growth of Aboriginal art into the wider world of the art market has been partly explained by the deep sense of spiritual identity and connectedness that it imparts to the viewer.

The source of this unexplained strength in communicating meaning across wide cultural differences stems from the core of the paintings being embedded in ceremonial traditions and Dreaming mythologies, that are at the heart and identity of Aboriginal cultures.

Traditional cultures use song to embody ancient narratives and to celebrate and renew time-honoured accounts of Creation stories that tie the custodian people in with the sites and the country where the creation journeys took place.

The term Songlines is used to describe the long metaphysical narration lines that criss-cross the Australian landscape and bind locations and Aboriginal peoples, provides the deepest link between traditional people and the stories that they inherit.

The ceremonies, dances and songs are passed down as an expression of the people’s identity.

So when Aboriginal artists are tapping into their stories, they do so with a sense of cultural integrity linked to personal identity.

The exhibition ‘Desert Song’ brings together a significant group of women artists from across the Western and Central Desert.  Their artistic themes underpin the idea that song exists at the core of the stories being expressed in their paintings. The song is the meaning of the painting and the identity of the singer.

Amongst the twenty five major artists exhibiting are Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Lorna Ward Napanangka, Walangkura Napanangka, Yinarupa Gibson Nangala, Ningura Napurrula, Eileen Napaltjarri and Minnie Pwerle. Desert Song will be on exhibition in Gallery1 at Japingka Gallery, from 4th April to 21st May 2014.

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

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Desert Storm by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Desert Storm

Jap 000651  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson

Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson   |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009989  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 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

Sandhills & Rockholes by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Sandhills & Rockholes

Jap 004992  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 153 cm

Marrapinti by Lorna Ward Napanangka

Lorna Ward Napanangka  |  Marrapinti

Jap 010253  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 84 cm

Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Judy Watson Napangardi

Judy Watson Napangardi   |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 004080  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 139 cm

Awelye – Body Paint Design by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Awelye – Body Paint Design

Jap 010313  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Tjiturrulpa Rockhole by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa Rockhole

Jap 008693  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

Marrapinti by Lorna Ward Napanangka

Lorna Ward Napanangka  |  Marrapinti

Jap 010255  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 152 cm

Marrapinti by Esther Bruno Nangala

Esther Bruno Nangala  |  Marrapinti

Jap 006078  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 119 cm

Tjiturrulpa – Father by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa – Father

Jap 004044  |  acrylic on linen  |  184 x 122 cm

Minyma Inmaku – Women by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri  |  Minyma Inmaku – Women

Jap 008700  |  acrylic on linen  |  112 x 102 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 004512  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Two Women Dreaming by Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka  |  Two Women Dreaming

Jap 000694  |  acrylic on linen  |  181 x 120 cm

Minma Dreaming – Womens Story by Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula  |  Minma Dreaming – Womens Story

Jap 003734  |  acrylic on linen  |  118 x 60 cm

Marrapinti by Lorna Ward Napanangka

Lorna Ward Napanangka  |  Marrapinti

Jap 008851  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 46 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010055  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 49 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010056  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 49 cm

Ngaminya by Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala  |  Ngaminya

Jap 007413  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

Awelye – Body Paint by Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 010209  |  acrylic on canvas  |  181 x 120 cm

Water Dreaming – Kalipinypa by Nellie Marks Nakamarra

Nellie Marks Nakamarra  |  Water Dreaming – Kalipinypa

Jap 010229  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 100 cm

Mina Mina Dreaming by Margaret Lewis Napangardi

Margaret Lewis Napangardi  |  Mina Mina Dreaming

Jap 010228  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Two Women Dreaming by Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka  |  Two Women Dreaming

Jap 005918  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Mina Mina Dreaming by Margaret Lewis Napangardi

Margaret Lewis Napangardi  |  Mina Mina Dreaming

Jap 010224  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Marrapinti by Naata Nungurrayi

Naata Nungurrayi   |  Marrapinti

Jap 000799  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 001009  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

Mina Mina by Margaret Lewis Napangardi

Margaret Lewis Napangardi  |  Mina Mina

Jap 009336  |  acrylic on linen  |  124 x 93 cm

Women by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women

Jap 005121  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 62 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000994  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 145 cm

Tjukurrpa – Women by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri  |  Tjukurrpa – Women

Jap 008701  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 46 cm

Tjiturrulpa – Sandhill Country by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa – Sandhill Country

Jap 004043  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 005120  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 62 cm

People are Camped at a Small Rockhole by Pantjiti Mary McLean

Pantjiti Mary McLean  |  People are Camped at a Small Rockhole

Jap 006396  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 122 cm

Midjul by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Midjul

Jap 000188  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Awelye – Anemangkerr by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 003751  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Awelye – Atnwengerrp by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Atnwengerrp

Jap 007003  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

Awelye – Anemangkerr by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 003752  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

My Country by Josephine Nangala

Josephine Nangala  |  My Country

Jap 010257  |  acrylic on linen  |  102 x 51 cm

Awelye – Anemangkerr by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 000761  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

Wana Wani by Elaine Woods

Elaine Woods  |  Wana Wani

Jap 010321  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Water Dreaming by Lola Brown Nampitjinpa

Lola Brown Nampitjinpa  |  Water Dreaming

Jap 010221  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Mina Mina Dreaming by Margaret Lewis Napangardi

Margaret Lewis Napangardi  |  Mina Mina Dreaming

Jap 010223  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Lupulnga by Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka  |  Lupulnga

Jap 004760  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 55 cm

Kinyu by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Kinyu

Jap 000187  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 100 cm

Bush Medicine Leaf by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaf

Jap 010235  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Tjiturrulpa Rockhole by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa Rockhole

Jap 004045  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

Yam Dreaming by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  Yam Dreaming

Jap 010030  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Untitled – Ancestor Country by Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa   |  Untitled – Ancestor Country

Jap 009988  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 152 cm

Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 010208  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Marrapinti by Lorna Ward Napanangka

Lorna Ward Napanangka  |  Marrapinti

Jap 010254  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 84 cm

Ngaminya by Yinarupa Gibson Nungala

Yinarupa Gibson Nungala  |  Ngaminya

Jap 010059  |  acrylic on linen  |  188 x 122 cm

My Country by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  My Country

Jap 010031  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

Women’s Ceremonies by Kim Butler Napurrula

Kim Butler Napurrula   |  Women’s Ceremonies

Jap 009986  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 76 cm

My Country by Janie Ward Nakamarra

Janie Ward Nakamarra  |  My Country

Jap 004803  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

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