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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…

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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…

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Ampilatwatja Artists and The Land of Their Dreaming Stories

The artists of Ampilatwatja have provided a beautiful exhibition in Gallery 2. The collection includes some wonderful lengths of silk scarves which are 1.8 metres long. Just like the paintings, they have enormous detail about the country as well as references to bush medicine and bush plants. The vegetation includes the important plants that people…

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Talking About A New Generation at Warlukurlangu Arts

Cecilia Alfonso is the Manager of Warlukurlangu Arts in the desert community of Yuendemu, 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. The art centre is one of the longest-running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia. The centre exhibits work from Warlpiri artists. In this interview Cecilia talks about the new generations of artists coming through…

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The Joys and Challenge of Arts Management at Warlukurlangu Arts

Art Centre management in a remote community is a challenging role. Cecilia Alfonso is the Manager of Warlukurlangu Arts in the desert community of Yuendemu, 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. This art centre is one of the longest-running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia. It is the home of artwork from the…

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Aboriginal Desert Landscape Colour Palettes

When people think of desert landscapes they tend to think of earth colours and the ochre colours of traditional palettes. However when we look at modern, contemporary Aboriginal desert landscape painters and break down the colours and look closely at the colour palettes they’re using, we see what an intense selection of colours the artists…

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Blue Aboriginal Art Colour Palettes

The blue colour palette in Aboriginal painting is not the most common group of colours we encounter but it is used widely amongst certain artists. It creates quite an ethereal and mysterious sense about the paintings. When we look at these paintings and what they’re evoking,  we often see them referring to the mystery of…

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Ampilatwatja Art Community Colour Palettes

You find the artists of Ampilatwatja (pronounced ‘um-bludder-watch’) working in their communities to the north east of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. Their art consists of fine dot work that produces landscapes painted with a bright figurative and somewhat niave style. Some say these paintings remind them of folk art from other parts of the…

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From Berlin To Japingka – Ampilatwatja Artists Bring Their Joy

Caroline Hunter is Community Art Manager for the Artists of Ampilatwatja Aboriginal Corporation. In this interview, she talks about the art, the work of the art centre and the success of their recent Berlin exhibition. How do you pronounce the community name? It’s pronounced um-blood-a-witch. Where Is Ampilatwatja? How would you describe the community of…

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Australian Aboriginal Art Centre Management

The Role of Aboriginal Art Centre Managers in Building An Art Business Emilia Galatis is currently working with the Western Australian Art Gallery on the collaborative Kimberley arts project Desert, River, Sea. She has worked in several remote Aboriginal Art Centres helping to develop their art business. In this interview she discusses that work, the…

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Warakurna Artists from The Place That Calls You Home

Jane Menzies is the Manager of Warakurna Artists. The remote community of Warakurna is situated on the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. It is about 330km from Uluru near the border with the Northern Territory.What is special about the community of Warakurna? We’re blessed to live here. It’s a beautiful…

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Tiwi Island Art Ochre Colour Palettes

Colour Palettes from the Tiwi Islands Ochre paintings from the Tiwi people are reflections of their ceremonial life. The patterns that artists use in their paintings come directly out of two major ceremonies that are part of Tiwi culture. One is the Pukamani ceremony, which is the funeral rights ceremony. We’re familiar with those from…

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Amanda Westley – The Painting of All of Me

Amanda Conway-Jones (nee Westley) is part of the Ngarrindjeri clan in South Australia. Here she talks about piecing her family history together, her art and her life in the coastal town of Victor Harbor. Amanda is talking on the day after the opening of her first solo exhibition. Growing Up Where did you grow up…

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Many Stories in Shades of Blue at Japingka Gallery

Blue is a fascinating colour – it seems that it appeals universally as a colour.  Having said that, historically it has been an incredibly difficult colour to extract for artists and artisans. All the earth colours we can get from pigments in the ground. However, when it comes to finding the colours seen in water…