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Northern Alyawarra Artists

Northern Alyawarra Artists

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17 July – 19 August 2015

Northern Alyawarra Artists

The painters of the northern Alyawarra language group have evolved a distinctive and strictly regional use of stories and Country to create their artworks. The artists live in communities around the Davenport Ranges including Epenarra, Imangara, Canteen Creek and various homeland outstations.

The nearest large town is Tennant Creek. The artists are from the northern reaches of the Alyawarra language group in Central Australia. They are related through four main clan groups.

These small communities are set in an arid landscape that is criss-crossed with watercourses, rocky hills, barren outcrops and valleys. When the land receives significant rain it transforms into a vibrant escarpment, set against the hues of trees, rocks and hills. At these times the waterholes connect and spill across the country. The main water holes in the Davenport Ranges retain good water for most of the year and some keep their precious water for many years at a time before running dry.

The artists’ paintings reveal their unique bond to their land, maintained through hunting, collecting bush tucker and medicines, storytelling and performing ceremonies and other cultural obligations. The artists’ lives continue to be enmeshed with their country as they have been for countless generations. The paintings capture the artists’ lands in detail, with strong but subtle colours that reflect the different moods and conditions they experience.

The artists have experienced the complete transformation of Aboriginal society, from elders who led a nomadic existence to the first meetings with white people, the mission era, the stolen generation and the younger people who now experience both traditional culture and the modern world. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see what the artists regard as a ‘welcome to country’ invitation.

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Landscape – My Country by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011743  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 86 cm

Night Sky by Germaine Dobbs

Germaine Dobbs  |  Night Sky

Jap 011751  |  acrylic on linen  |  96 x 100 cm

My Country by Linda Apwerl Dobbs

Linda Apwerl Dobbs  |  My Country

Jap 011752  |  acrylic on linen  |  95 x 99 cm

Homelands by Lucy Apwerl Pumper

Lucy Apwerl Pumper  |  Homelands

Jap 011736  |  acrylic on linen  |  130 x 93 cm

Night Sky by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Night Sky

Jap 011741  |  acrylic on linen  |  111 x 97 cm

Murray Downs by Linda Apwerl Dobbs

Linda Apwerl Dobbs  |  Murray Downs

Jap 011728  |  acrylic on linen  |  109 x 102 cm

My Country by Lucy Apwerl Pumper

Lucy Apwerl Pumper  |  My Country

Jap 011750  |  acrylic on linen  |  115 x 94 cm

After Good Rain by Vernon Apwerl Morrison

Vernon Apwerl Morrison  |  After Good Rain

Jap 011749  |  acrylic on linen  |  104 x 103 cm

Landscape – My Country by Basil Morrison

Basil Morrison  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011753  |  acrylic on linen  |  101 x 101 cm

Bringing the Rain – Rain Snake by Billy Spratt

Billy Spratt  |  Bringing the Rain – Rain Snake

Jap 011734  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 99 cm

Landscape – My Country by Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011733  |  acrylic on linen  |  118 x 100 cm

Landscape – My Country by Elaine Apwerl Dobbs

Elaine Apwerl Dobbs  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011748  |  acrylic on linen  |  101 x 105 cm

Where We Go Hunting by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Where We Go Hunting

Jap 011737  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 73 cm

Good Waterhole by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Good Waterhole

Jap 011755  |  acrylic on linen  |  128 x 146 cm

Landscape – My Country by Jacinta Morrison

Jacinta Morrison  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011739  |  acrylic on linen  |  85 x 48 cm

Landscape – My Country by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011738  |  acrylic on linen  |  78 x 60 cm

My Country by Linda Apwerl Dobbs

Linda Apwerl Dobbs  |  My Country

Jap 011760  |  acrylic on linen  |  184 x 135 cm

Landscape – My Country by Martina Dobbs

Martina Dobbs  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011730  |  acrylic on linen  |  102 x 70 cm

Landscape – My Country by Sharon Apetyarr Spratt

Sharon Apetyarr Spratt  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011747  |  acrylic on linen  |  102 x 62 cm

My Country by Sharon Apetyarr Spratt

Sharon Apetyarr Spratt  |  My Country

Jap 011746  |  acrylic on linen  |  94 x 84 cm

Landscape – My Country by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011744  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 92 cm

Landscape – My Country by Margo Apetyarr Dobbs

Margo Apetyarr Dobbs  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011756  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 104 cm

End of the Day by Jacinta Morrison

Jacinta Morrison  |  End of the Day

Jap 011754  |  acrylic on linen  |  108 x 147 cm

Where We Hunt by Sammy Ladd

Sammy Ladd  |  Where We Hunt

Jap 011745  |  acrylic on linen  |  104 x 65 cm

Landscape – My Country by Brian Spratt

Brian Spratt  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011757  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 100 cm

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