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Yinjaa-Barni Artists Paintings

Yinjaa-Barni Artists Paintings

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19 July - 21 August 2013

Yinjaa-Barni Artists

19 July – 21 August 2013

Artists from the Yinjaa-Barni art centre feature their 5th exhibition at Japingka Gallery opening on Friday 19th July 2013. Three artists will fly from the Pilbara to attend the opening – Marlene Harold, Wendy Darby and Aileen Sandy, along with art coordinator Trish Floyd. The artists are the traditional owners from the Fortescue River area in the Pilbara, and their stories reflect the unique history and landscape of the area.

Aileen Sandy exhibits her dramatic works ‘Ochre through the rocks’ which capture the fractured rock-face typical of the Pilbara landscape. Alongside these are Clifton Mack’s paintings of the striking geology of the country, the folded and broken rocks, and his image of the Increasing Sites, the traditional ceremonial sites dedicated to promoting abundance in nature.

Marlene Harold includes her subtly painted images of the time at the beginning of Creation, the ancient stories of the Marrga, when the Pilbara landscape was made up of mist and water and grass – the colours creating an impressionistic vision of the birth of the country. According to traditional Aboriginal law, in the beginning the sky was very low. When the creation spirits, the Marrga, arose from the ground they raised the sky and the world out of the ocean. This creation story is called Ngurru Nyujunnggama – When the World was Soft. In the early morning, the mist seen over the water is the smoke from the Marrga’s breakfast fires. The Marrga gave names and form to the country and then to all the birds and animals. Finally they created the Ngaardangarli, the Aboriginal people.

In the local language yinjaa-barni means staying together. This is an apt name for the Aboriginal art centre situated on the main street of Roebourne in Dalgety House, a heritage listed cottage. Yinjaa-Barni Artists have operated from Dalgety House since 2007. Prior to this, they operated from a shed at the back of the Aboriginal Church in Roebourne, of which many of the artists are members. Two of the artists, elders Clifton Mack and Maudie Jerrold, had begun painting earlier at Cossack in 2001. Aboriginal artists generally in the Pilbara were late in joining the Aboriginal art movement that had started 30 years before in the Central Desert.

Over the last few years the Yinjaa-Barni artists have enjoyed growing success. Many have won major awards in large regional exhibitions, principally the Cossack Art Award, the largest regional art award in Australia. Clifton Mack and Allery Sandy have been finalists in the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. Some have exhibited in Italy, Sydney, Perth and Fremantle at prestigious galleries.

One of the qualities that characterises the Yinjaa-Barni painters from the Pilbara is the strong individuality of each artist’s style. While they all represent their country and the sites and elements that have such personal meaning to them, they relate their stories on their canvases in strikingly distinctive ways.

Ten Yinjaa- Barni artists’ works will be on show until 21 August, at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, 47 High Street Fremantle.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Clifton Mack

Marlene Harold

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In the Beginning by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning

Jap 009145  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 77 cm

Colours of the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours of the Rocks

Jap 009151  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 76 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 009152  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 92 cm

After the Rain by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  After the Rain

Jap 009032  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 79 cm

Country in Spring by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country in Spring

Jap 009025  |  acrylic on canvas  |  140 x 88 cm

Colours through the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 009029  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 71 cm

Ochre through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Ochre through the Rocks

Jap 009150  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 152 cm

Pilbara Wild Flowers by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Pilbara Wild Flowers

Jap 009024  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 61 cm

Jurlurrunha – Morning Star by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jurlurrunha – Morning Star

Jap 009020  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 122 cm

In the Beginning by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning

Jap 009258  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 113 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 009031  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 67 cm

Jarman Island Lighthouse by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jarman Island Lighthouse

Jap 009147  |  acrylic on canvas  |  105 x 107 cm

Country by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country

Jap 009030  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 122 cm

Emu Seed by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Emu Seed

Jap 009033  |  acrylic on canvas  |  105 x 151 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 009021  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 67 cm

Country in Spring by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country in Spring

Jap 006025  |  acrylic on canvas  |  106 x 104 cm

Jiirda – Increasing Site by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jiirda – Increasing Site

Jap 009148  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 107 cm

Spring Time by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Spring Time

Jap 009144  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 86 cm

Wild Flowers in Full Bloom by Justina Willis

Justina Willis  |  Wild Flowers in Full Bloom

Jap 009143  |  acrylic on canvas  |  36 x 88 cm

Blue Gum Tree – Ganyji by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Blue Gum Tree – Ganyji

Jap 009027  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

Jiirda – Increasing Site by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jiirda – Increasing Site

Jap 009146  |  acrylic on canvas  |  46 x 91 cm

Hamersley Wildflowers by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Hamersley Wildflowers

Jap 009022  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 72 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 009149  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 122 cm

Coral Reef by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Coral Reef

Jap 008149  |  acrylic on canvas  |  69 x 92 cm

In the Beginning by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning

Jap 005755  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 77 cm

Burst of Spring by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Burst of Spring

Jap 007197  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 008034  |  acrylic on canvas  |  114 x 75 cm

Flat Country Flowers by Barngi Pansy Sambo

Barngi Pansy Sambo  |  Flat Country Flowers

Jap 008052  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 89 cm

Tableland Country by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Tableland Country

Jap 009026  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 86 cm

Ochre through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Ochre through the Rocks

Jap 009153  |  acrylic on canvas  |  165 x 89 cm

Country in Spring by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Country in Spring

Jap 008045  |  acrylic on canvas  |  134 x 60 cm

Country Bluebells by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country Bluebells

Jap 008154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

Colours through the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 009023  |  acrylic on canvas  |  171 x 88 cm

 

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