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Edward Blitner – Freshwater Billabongs

Edward Blitner – Freshwater Billabongs

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20 July – 29 Aug 2018

Edward Blitner - Freshwater Billabongs

Edward Blitner believes that maintaining the ancient crafts of his forefathers is an important role for artists to take on. The traditions of Arnhem land art are embedded in the rich rock art galleries of the sandstone country, where artists have been overlaying their images for thousands of years. This history goes beyond changes in climate and animal populations, a record of life in the región that connects modern Aboriginal inhabitants to their ancestors.

Edward Blitner paints with dexterity, creating the fine cross hatching and flowing animal forms that typify his painting style. Blitner uses the traditional earth colours that are found in the rock art sites, and ocassionally adds small amounts of colour to wáter lilies or other bush plants.

The artist brings alive the freshwater billabong country that is the source of his people’s survival over the meillenia. The fish, birds, reptiles that are central to the ecosystem are all in constant movement through the shallow swamp country. As well as brolgas, barramundi, turtles, goannas, crocodiles and magpie geese, there are images of mimih spirits and the Rainbow Serpent, the custodian of wáter and life in this country.

The story of Yingana and Ngalyod describes the Creation forces at work in the form of the two Rainbow Serpent figures, who brought the country and its inhabitants into being. The Creation era stories gives meaning to the people and all the living forms in this country.

Edward Blitner’s exhibition ‘Freshwater Billabongs’ is on display at Japingka Gallery until 29 August 2018.

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Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014385  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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Water Birds – Freshwater Billabong by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Water Birds – Freshwater Billabong

Jap 015327  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 99 cm

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Crocodile and Mimi Spirits by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile and Mimi Spirits

Jap 014694  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 82 cm

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Magpie Geese and Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Brolgas

Jap 015328  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 95 cm

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Brolgas and Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014301  |  acrylic on canvas  |  208 x 150 cm

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Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014372  |  acrylic on canvas  |  185 x 100 cm

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Kangaroo Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Kangaroo Dreaming

Jap 014700  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 80 cm

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Magpie Geese and Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Brolgas

Jap 015329  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 96 cm

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Mimi and Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi and Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014386  |  acrylic on canvas  |  210 x 150 cm

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Crocodile Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile Dreaming

Jap 014373  |  acrylic on canvas  |  184 x 100 cm

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Brolgas and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Crocodile

Jap 014388  |  acrylic on canvas  |  123 x 101 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014369  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 87 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014698  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 97 cm

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Magpie Geese and Brolga by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Brolga

Jap 015330  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 96 cm

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Crocodile Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile Dreaming

Jap 014384  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 80 cm

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Crocodile and Billabong by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile and Billabong

Jap 014701  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 83 cm

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Magpie Geese and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Crocodile

Jap 014697  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 100 cm

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Brolgas and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Crocodile

Jap 014302  |  acrylic on canvas  |  208 x 155 cm

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Mimi Hunting by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi Hunting

Jap 014158  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 150 cm

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Magpie Geese by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese

Jap 015331  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 96 cm

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Kangaroo and Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Kangaroo and Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014159  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 149 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014370  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 86 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 80 cm

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Magpie Geese and Crocodile by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Magpie Geese and Crocodile

Jap 014696  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 100 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014699  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014230  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 62 cm

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Brolgas and Fish by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Fish

Jap 014239  |  acrylic on canvas  |  77 x 44 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014240  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 44 cm

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Brolga and Fish by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolga and Fish

Jap 014232  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 60 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014387  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 100 cm

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Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas with Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014371  |  acrylic on canvas  |  184 x 100 cm

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Brolgas by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas

Jap 014234  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 68 cm

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Brolga Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolga Dreaming

Jap 014231  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 62 cm

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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014242  |  acrylic on canvas  |  36 x 26 cm

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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014244  |  acrylic on canvas  |  37 x 25 cm

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Lightning Spirits by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Lightning Spirits

Jap 006057  |  acrylic on canvas  |  128 x 89 cm

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