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Spinifex Artists 2014

Spinifex Artists 2014

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10 October – 7 November 2014

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Spinifex Artists 2014

Spinifex Artists are based at Tjuntjuntjara in the Victoria Desert, to the north west of the Nullabor Plain in Western Australian. The disrupted history of their country includes the upheavals of the Maralinga nuclear testing programme that took place during the 1950s and 1960s. During that era the desert people were moved from their lands and resettled in missions towards the west. But these Pitjantjatjara people had deep roots into their traditional lands and were determined to return to them.

Confirmation of the Spinifex People’s rights came in 2001 when the group became one of the first Aboriginal groups in Western Australia to successfully gain Native Title rights to their lands. As part of the submission the artists painted intricate maps of their country to show cultural and social kinship ties to the great sites of the desert. These paintings were later bequeathed to the State as a collection held in the Western Australian Museum.

In 1997 the Spinifex people had established themselves at the tiny community of Tjuntjuntjara, just 200 kms from the Western Australia-South Australia border.  The Spinifex Art Project that began as a cultural and legal response to the land claim subsequently took on the role of cultural maintenance for the Spinifex community with members continuing a close management and stewardship program of 55,000 square kms of their land. New bush roads have been created into otherwise inaccessible country, and regular maintenance trips led by custodians are made into outlying locations.

Former arts coordinator and community supporter, Louise Allerton, said –The artists’ paintings are often produced when they are visiting their ancestral country. Their intricately composed canvases detail the journeys and deeds of Ancestors who created the sites in their Spinifex homelands. Documenting these sites, their relationships and stories, provides the artists with a way to record, promote and pass on elements of culture that are crucial to sustaining the long-term future and health of their people.”

Paintings include combined works by the men’s and women’s groups that show the interconnected custodial ties of the traditional owners.

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Ilkaritjara by Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods

Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods  |  Ilkaritjara

Jap 011047  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 137 cm

Tjuntjalatjara by Anne Ngantiri Hogan

Anne Ngantiri Hogan  |  Tjuntjalatjara

Jap 011044  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 137 cm

Tjuntjuna by Kathleen Donnegan & Ian Rictor

Kathleen Donnegan & Ian Rictor  |  Tjuntjuna

Jap 011048  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 140 cm

Wayara munu Tuwan by Ian Rictor

Ian Rictor  |  Wayara munu Tuwan

Jap 011046  |  acrylic on linen  |  197 x 139 cm

Tjitjjiti by Carlene West

Carlene West  |  Tjitjjiti

Jap 011045  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 137 cm

Walu by Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell  |  Walu

Jap 011054  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 85 cm

Pukara by Men's Collaborative

Men's Collaborative  |  Pukara

Jap 011042  |  acrylic on linen  |  233 x 197 cm

Lingka by Simon Hogan

Simon Hogan  |  Lingka

Jap 011043  |  acrylic on linen  |  230 x 200 cm

Tjining by Simon Hogan

Simon Hogan  |  Tjining

Jap 011053  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 90 cm

Tuwan munu Kanmati by Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods

Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods  |  Tuwan munu Kanmati

Jap 011055  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 85 cm

Kapi Tjukula Tjuta by Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods

Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods  |  Kapi Tjukula Tjuta

Jap 011061  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 85 cm

Kanpa by Myrtle Pennington

Myrtle Pennington  |  Kanpa

Jap 011059  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 91 cm

Pukara by Lawrence Pennington

Lawrence Pennington  |  Pukara

Jap 011062  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 90 cm

Kulputjara by Fred Grant

Fred Grant  |  Kulputjara

Jap 011060  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 83 cm

Palpatjatjara by Ned Grant

Ned Grant  |  Palpatjatjara

Jap 011067  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 52 cm

Kapi Tjukula Tjuta by Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods

Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods  |  Kapi Tjukula Tjuta

Jap 011066  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 75 cm

Punu Mitunyala by Lawrence Pennington

Lawrence Pennington  |  Punu Mitunyala

Jap 011065  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 75 cm

Paltatatjara munu Kanpa by Women's Collaborative

Women's Collaborative  |  Paltatatjara munu Kanpa

Jap 011058  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 85 cm

Untitled by Ian Rictor

Ian Rictor  |  Untitled

Jap 011068  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 110 cm

Mai Wiru by Winmati Roberts

Winmati Roberts  |  Mai Wiru

Jap 011051  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 90 cm

Wulpultjara by Roy Underwood

Roy Underwood  |  Wulpultjara

Jap 011056  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 83 cm

Paltatatjara by Estelle Hogan

Estelle Hogan  |  Paltatatjara

Jap 011064  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 75 cm

Tjintilka by Byron Brooks

Byron Brooks  |  Tjintilka

Jap 011057  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 85 cm

Pirapi by Kanta Kathleen Donnegan

Kanta Kathleen Donnegan   |  Pirapi

Jap 011050  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 90 cm

Wati Kutjara by Lawrence Pennington

Lawrence Pennington  |  Wati Kutjara

Jap 011063  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 75 cm

Ngalkuritjara by Yarangka Elaine Thomas

Yarangka Elaine Thomas  |  Ngalkuritjara

Jap 011049  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 90 cm

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