Bush Life is an exciting new exhibition by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers that explores elements of life in the remote communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands of Central Australia.
These quirky grass sculptural works are a physical representation of the everyday items that hold significance to the artists including motorcars, helicopters, guitars, camp dogs and native animals of the Lands.
Bush Life features both three dimensional and flat sculptures that resonate with the spirit of the Country and the artists who wove them. Physical elements of the Country are incorporated into the weaving through the use of wild-harvested grasses while contemporary life is acknowledged in the use of found objects sourced from community settlements. Works are made from a combination of Tjanpi (wild-harvested grasses), date palm, raffia, acrylic yarn, plastic-coated wire; and emu feathers.
Through this exhibition Tjanpi artists celebrate life in remote communities, creativity and Country.
In 2014 the print studio at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka began with an influx of new emerging artists and young trainee printmakers. The print space has always maintained a policy to employ and train local Yolngu in the art of printmaking to ensure that Yolngu printmakers edition the prints created by Yolngu artists.
This year Munuy’ngu Marika, Bawu Gurruwiwi, Godut Ganambarr, Dhalmula Burarrwanga and Burrthi Marika, all aged between 18 – 20 years old, began full time work at the print studio alongside existing printers Paula Gumana and Annie Studd. All of these young artists created and editioned their own linocuts which are part of the exciting Yuta (New) exhibition at Nomad Art.
The print studio has always been a place of activity but for 2014 these young Indigenous people have created a working environment where their music, their aesthetic and their world enlivens and spreads joy and hope through the daily operations of the gallery.
The prints at Yuta ‘New’ have all been editioned by the hands of these and other young printmaker artists over the last three years at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and reflect the environment from which they came, a place of newness, laughter, learning and the future grown from the foundations of culture and tradition.
Tropical Northern Queensland is an environment rich in cultural and natural diversity where tropical rain forests, wetlands and estuarine mangroves meet the Torres Strait.
Likewise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is rich and symbolic. Diversity and artistic innovation abounds through contemporary artworks, including etchings, linocuts, ceramics, textiles and ghost net weavings.
Artists from Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island) produce contemporary ghost net weavings, sculptures and vibrant screenprinted fabrics. The work celebrates island life and culture by translating traditional stories to a modern medium.
Surrounded by wetlands on the east coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, artists from Pormpuraaw are accomplished printmakers who produce traditional images as contemporary etchings and linocut prints. Their sculptural ghost net works have quirky characteristics, often with aquatic themes.
Etchings and drypoint prints by artists from Yarrabah Arts and Culture were completed during a visit in 2013 from Paul Machnick, from Studio PM in Montreal who has collaborated at length with Inuit artists. In this series artists explore the local traditions of pandanus and cabbage palm weaving through the medium of print. Similar themes are explored in a series of coil pots, which are inspired by the natural environment and country.
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Warlayirti Artists are well known for their beautiful, high quality artworks including limited edition prints. Since 2002, there has been a long-standing collaboration between the Balgo artists and the printers from Northern Editions in Darwin. This partnership has resulted in numerous editions of etchings and screenprints and in more recent times has expanded to include Japanese woodblock printing for the men.
The new etchings feature work by senior women artists Eubena Nampitjin, Elizabeth Nyumi, Ningie Nanala and Bai Bai Napangarti and are the first prints created by these artists since 2006. As senior custodians from Balgo, Lake Mackay, Canning Stock Route, Billiluna, Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts, the artists hold a unique position in Indigenous and artistic history.
The Japanese woodblock prints involve the male artists carving designs onto woodblocks which are printed onto Japanese rice paper. The artists include skilled wood carvers Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Bonnie James, Larry Gondora, Quinton Milner and David Mudgedell. The woodcuts are in response to an existing but not regularly practised carving tradition upon sandstone and soapstone, as well as wood for boomerangs, shields and spears. These prints retell traditional tjukurrpas (Dreamings) and knowledge in an alternative medium, so important stories are retained for perpetuity.
The title of the exhibition Yaninpala Yirwarrawanna Kutjupa Ngurrarrakutu – Walking the Path, is based around the idea of a pathway from old and moving to the new. The works encapsulate old traditions and stories, which are transformed into a different model of representation.View the Online Gallery >
Kieren Karritypul is a highly talented emerging artist from Merrepen Arts at Nauiyu Community on the Daly River. Karritypul paints subjects associated with the traditional culture and knowledge of his family heritage. This exhibition includes recent paintings, prints and fabric designed by this exciting new artist in his first solo exhibition.
I have grown up watching my grandmother, mother and aunties all collect yerrgi (pandanus) for weaving of baskets and mats. We search for many different plants, roots and berries which we use to dye the yerrgi to create beautiful colours.
The yerrgi is bunched as it is in my painting after the dyeing process and ready to use by the women for weaving. The inspiration for my painting has come from the many bundles of yerrgi I watched being made by my mother and grandmother as a young child. This was always a time when my elders would pass on old stories and teach me important knowledge about my Aboriginal culture.
My love of painting and textile design comes from being able to tell really old stories passed down to me from my elders and telling these stories in a whole new way by placing these on textiles and paintings.
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Yulyurlu Lorna Fencer Napurrurla was a Warlpiri artist from Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory. Born in the 1920’s, she began painting in 1986 and quickly developed a signature style of vivid colour and liberal use of paint. She soon became one of the most sought after artists in the region, with her paintings included in exhibitions and her work acquired by prominent international and Australian collections.
Napurrurla first began painting in the classic style of Warlpiri art with symbols often distributed amongst fields of dots. Over time Napurrurla moved away from these classic abstract elements to more descriptive interpretations of her Dreaming by painting foliage, flowers, tubers and root structures. This form of ‘stylised naturalism’ executed with energetic, painterly layers also gave rise to her ability as a gifted colourist to combine vibrant colour combinations and create successful compositions.
Napurrurla was custodian for the sacred country of Yumurrpa, and for the Yarla-Pama (Caterpillar), Ngarlajiyi (Pencil Yam) and Yarla (Bush Potato) Dreamings of this site. She passed away in 2006, aged in her eighties.
Naparrulla was celebrated with a major retrospective exhibition which commenced as part of the Darwin Festival in 2011 and toured nationally for several years. It received great critical acclaim highlighting the importance of the artist and her contribution to the central desert art movement.
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Maningrida Arts and Culture is a community of artists from approximately 34 outstations in East Arnhem Land. The Art Centre was established in the early 1970’s and is continually on the forefront of innovation and artistic endeavor reflecting the diversity of languages and cultures of the region. Maningrida artists first made prints in the […]
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These etchings from Yirrkala Print Workshop feature prints by leading Yolngu artists which are a reflection of their culture, ingenuity, skill and artistic vision. The etchings were editioned at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in 2013. Buku Larrnggay Mulka has a long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier Indigenous art centres and printmaking […]
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