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Phyllis Thomas, Barramundi and Diamonds

Phyllis Thomas, Barramundi and Diamonds

This ochre work from the Kimberley tells a very special ancient story. David Wroth tells us the story behind the painting. We have a beautiful ochre painting from Phyllis Thomas hanging in the gallery. It comes from the East Kimberley and it is executed as a very monotone work. There is a soft pink background…

Tommy Watson Celebrates Western Desert

Tommy Watson Celebrates Western Desert

A painting by Tommy Watson has just arrived at Japingka. It has created considerable interest and excitement. David Wroth tells us about this latest addition to the gallery collection. Umutju by Tommy Watson | Jap 016336 We have a large painting by Tommy Watson now hanging in the gallery. It’s a two-metre painting in his…

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Stunning Queenie McKenzie Work Returns

Ian Plunkett shares his thoughts about a special painting that has just come back from France. Recently I was talking about paintings coming back into the gallery. These are works that we sold several years ago. It’s always great to see an old friend come back, especially special paintings like this Queenie McKenzie painting. It…

Patsy Mudgedell Animal Painting

About Authority, Authenticity and Spiritual Awakening

Patsy Mudgedell is an artist from the Warlayirti Artists community. In this interview, she reflects on the importance of authority and authenticity in the passing on of stories and the care of the land. She discusses her art and what she describes as this time of spiritual awakening. Patsy talks about her belief in the…

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The Working Life of a Studio Manager at Warlayirti Artists

Poppy Lever is Studio Coordinator for Warlayirti Artists. In this interview Poppy talks about her role and her hopes for the art centre going into the future. Coming To Balgo I had spent a couple of months in Alice Springs a few years ago, I just absolutely fell in love with the desert and the…

Talking With Warlayirti Artists

Talking With Warlayirti Artists

Winifred Nanala – Artist   Winifred is an experienced artist who comes from a well known family of painters. Her parents were artists and she has many sisters who have become artists as well. Her sister Elizabeth Gordon had the first Warlayirti Artists solo exhibition back in the early 1990’s. FamilyI belong to the Napaltjarri…

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Amanda Westley at Home on the Coorong

Amanda Westley is part of the Ngarrindjeri clan in South Australia. In this interview she talks about her latest exhibition at Japingka. Amanda reflects on the experience of joining an endangered language program and her new interest in weaving. Her busy life juggling a young family plus her language group and community involvement have become…

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Amanda Westley & Kudditji Kngwarreye Spirit of Place

In this next exhibition we are bringing together two very different artists showing together in Gallery 1. Amanda Westley is a young artist having her second exhibition away from her home state of South Australia. Kudditji Kngwarreye was one of the very well known artists from Utopia in Central Australia. Kudditji Kngwarreye | Ankerre –…

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The Numina Sisters and Stories From Central Australia

The exhibition titled “Numina Quartet” features four artists, all sisters from the Numina family. Their traditional country is in Central Australia on Anmatyerre lands, and they now live in Darwin. They are Anmatyerre speakers and grew up on Stirling Station located between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Sharon Numina | My Country – Medicine Leaves…

Rare Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri Masterpiece Returns

Rare Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri Masterpiece Returns

Rockholes and Country Near The Olgas by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri Jap 015886 It is not every day that you discover an extraordinary new talent. In this article, Japingka’s Ian Plunkett tells the story of how he came to see the first paintings by artist Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri. He describes the return of this special work…

Let’s Take A Look Through The Landscape Colours Exhibition

Let’s Take A Look Through The Landscape Colours Exhibition

In this article David Wroth takes you for a walkthrough of The Landscape Colours exhibition. The Landscape Colours exhibition draws together some of the best-known artists along with some other great artists represented by the gallery. The concept was to show how Aboriginal people respond to landscape. We also wanted to showcase the colour palettes…

The Pintupi Artists of the Western Desert

The Pintupi Artists of the Western Desert

In this article David Wroth takes you on a walkthrough of the Pintupi Artists exhibition. In Gallery 2 we have the exhibition Pintupi Artists of the Western Desert. It’s said that the human brain is built for recognising patterns. These Pintupi artists have an extraordinary talent for creating structured patterns and designs that represent different aspects…

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Small is Beautiful – An Exhibition Walkthrough

The Small is Beautiful exhibition opens on 16 November and has some wonderful works contributed by communities and artists from around Australia. Bark Paintings There are some very delicate little bark paintings from Yirrkala. They come from the Buku-Larrnggay community.  These wonderfully painted barks, some of them just maybe 40 centimetres tall, are quite compact and…

Ghost Net Baskets from Groote Eylandt

Ghost Net Baskets and Silk Scarves by Anindilyakwa Arts Centre

We are exhibiting a wonderful collection of ghost net baskets from the Aboriginal artists on Groote Eylandt who work with Anindilyakwa Art Centre. The concept behind these works is quite extraordinary. Fishing ropes, nets, and the plastic debris drift into the island from commercial fishing boats. They are called ghost nets because they are carried…

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Andrea Adamson Tiger – An Exhibition Walkthrough

Andrea Adamson Tiger is a Pitjantjatjara artist born at Amata community on the APY Lands. Her paintings depict the Seven Sisters Dreaming, a songline that crosses her country. Japingka’s David Wroth walks through some of the major works in her upcoming first solo exhibition in Western Australia. Seven Sisters Dreaming by Andrea Adamson Jap 015420…

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Andrea Adamson – On Seven Sisters, Colour and A Hidden Number

Andrea Adamson is a young Pitjantjatjara artist currently based in Alice Springs. She is preparing works for her first solo exhibition at Japingka Gallery. In this interview with Amy Nicholas, Andrea discusses early influences, the story that inspires her work as well as the importance of her country. Andrea also mentioned something she likes to…

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The Old & New – Exciting Diversity From Ikuntji Artists

Artists from the desert community of Ikuntji, at Haasts Bluff in Central Australia are exhibiting at Japingka Gallery in Gallery 2. We are showing a diverse group of works including art from very senior artists as well as exciting new work from emerging younger artists. Eunice Napanangka Jack | Warru Tjukurpa – Wallaby at Tjukurrla…

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Utopia Artists Painting on Country Exhibiting at Japingka

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray | Yam Seeds in my Grandmothers Country | Jap 015305 One of my favourite paintings from the current exhibition, Utopia Artists – Painting on Country, is a three-metre painting by Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray, and it feels like a desert landscape. It’s got the look of cracked earth on clay or salt pan…

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Growth, Strength and Vibrancy of Ikuntji Artists

Dr Chrischona Schmidt is Art Centre manager for Ikuntji Artists. She has completed a PhD focusing on the history of the Utopia art movement. Prior to taking up this role Chrischona worked for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, the National Museum of Australia, Strehlow Research Centre and auction houses and galleries…

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Wet Season Billabongs Brought To Life By Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner has created an exhibition of works under the title, Freshwater Billabongs. It shows the great effervescence of life after the wet season in Kakadu and Arnhem Land. At that time all the swamps and the freshwater billabongs fill up and they’re full of life. Here are images of water lilies, brolgas, goannas, crocodiles…

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Bold Colours of the Tropical Coast From Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok

Fiona Omeenyo’s painting on the central wall of the gallery is entitled ‘Day out on the Beach’. This is the story of her community in northern Queensland. She says that as children they grew up on the beach because that’s where all her people lived. They went hunting and fishing and foraged for bush food…

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Fiona Omeenyo Colour Palettes

Fiona Omeenyo is known for her really intense use of colour, often contrasting colour. Her paintings from tropical North Queensland have elements of sunsets, ocean vistas, beaches with people, birds and elder figures. She highlights the activities that are going on using contrasting colours of oranges, reds, golds against blues, greens, even purples. The range…

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Rosella Namok and Her Secret Colours of The Rain

Where do you like to paint?  I work from home. I have a studio here in Cairns. I find working at home is nice and relaxed. I can focus on working with new colours. I’ve been taking my old style into a new style using new brighter colours. Where do your new ideas from? I…

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Interior Design Colour Palettes

Interior Design Colour Palettes with Australian Aboriginal Art Discover Warmth, vibrance and soul Contemporary Aboriginal art and design is dazzling. On the surface, it’s visually thrilling with its masterful composition and fresh palettes. Go deeper, and you’ll discover rich, diverse and complex cultures based around sacred stories. Collectors will tell you that this art brings…

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Fiona Omeenyo and Her Sand Beach People

Fiona Omeenyo is a respected artist from the Umpila language group at Lockhart River which is on the Cape York region of northern Queensland. She a member of the Lockhart River Art Gang and works as a painter and printmaker. In this interview, she talks about the stories behind her art and the spiritual meaning…

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The Tjanpi Desert Weavers Roving Art Centre Model

The Tjanpi Desert Weavers have just had their first exhibition at Japingka Gallery. This article is based on discussions between Annieka Skinner who is a Tjanpi Field Officer and Cynthia Burke, Indigenous artist as well as Arts and Culture Assistant for  Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Fibre art has been part of the artistic output in APY Lands…

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Omie Artists Barkcloth From Papua New Guinea

Gallery 2 features fibre art from two very different locations. On the walls we have barkcloth or nioge which are made in different villages of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea. The women artists from fourteen villages have formed a cooperative to show their art around the world. The cloth-making is a fascinating process. The…

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Tjanpi Weavers Bring Some Animal Magic To Japingka

Tjanpi Desert Weavers with their fibre art woven creatures are sharing the gallery with the Omie Artists and their barkcloths. The tradition from Tjanpi Weavers shares some common features with the New Guinea artists in the way a wide group of communities and artists are using materials from the environment to create images about their…

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New Generation of Warlpiri Artists From The Tanami Desert

The group of Warlpiri artists who work at Warlukurlangu Art Centre in Central Australia are one of the strongest and most consistent art communities working in remote Australia. They have been exhibiting with us for over a dozen years. As the generations flow through, some very important artists have come and gone in the history…

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Warakurna Artists Paintings From Paradise

The paintings from artists at Warakurna are looking beautiful in the gallery. The show is called “Welcome to Paradise: Paintings of Homelands.” That title comes from a discussion between artist Eunice Porter and Jane Menzies at Warakurna. Eunice said, “These are our homelands. This is where we hunt. This is like paradise to us.” The…