Alfonso Puautjimi & Jane Tipuamantumirri from the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Australia, portray aspects of Tiwi life, ranging from quirky fish, magpie geese and ceremonial life, to houses, cars, planes and portraits. These richly painted ochres on paper feature bold brush strokes and a generous application of paint.
Ngaruwanajirri (meaning helping one another in Tiwi) was established in 1994 as a cooperative to support local Tiwi artists with disability and to provide employment for people at Wurrumiyanga (formally Nguiu) on Bathurst Island . The artists work in a wonderful open and airy workspace called the ‘Keeping House’.
Ngaruwanajirri artists create highly individual works in a range of art forms including batik and painted silk scarves, lino block printing, ironwood carving, water colour and acrylics on paper and natural ochres on paper and canvas.
The natural ochres (white and yellow) are collected from two beaches on Bathurst Island and burning the yellow ochre over a fire produces a third colour, red. These colours are still used by the Tiwi in different ceremonies and cultural events on both Melville and Bathurst Island (the Tiwi Islands).
Art from Ngaruwanajirri has been exhibited in galleries throughout Australia and is held in public and private collections.
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 studios. The artists have established a national reputation for their work, having won many of Australia’s major Indigenous art prizes.
Buku Larrnggay Mulka is one of the few art centres in Australia to establish and maintain a dedicated print workshop, which is staffed by Indigenous printmakers. In the last fifteen years the Centre has produced a wide range of linocuts, screen prints, etchings, lithographs, and collographs. While the artists are respectful of the discipline of miny’tji (sacred design) the nature of the printmaking process has allowed the them to experiment more freely with colour, imagery, concepts and design without compromising their spiritual identity. Many of the artists who have worked in the print workshop are women who have been leaders in innovation and change.
This collection of limited edition screen prints is the result of a print making workshop at the Mimili Maku with Basil Hall in 2012. During the workshop emerging and established artists created a stunning selection of prints based on imagery, symbols and narrative of the region made with a vibrant application of colour. The community of […]
Artists from Buku Larrnggay Mulka in eastern Arnhem Land have featured prominently in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award over its 30-year history. Since 1994 there have been 22 winners from Buku Larrnggay Mulka, of those 12 have been selected for Prized: Yirrkala Artists. Djambawa Marawili AM Gulumbu Yunupingu […]
By Jörg Schmeisser (dec) Master printmaker and artist Jörg Schmeisser first visited Arnhem Land in 1976. As part of the journey he facilitated some of the first etchings to be made with Indigenous artists of the region. He again visited the Top End in 2009 as part of the Nomad Art Djalkiri project. […]
Manme Mayh: Gardens of the Stone Country II continues to explore the links between Indigenous cultural heritage, environment and aesthetic traditions of artists from the Stone Country of western Arnhem Land through food and plants (manme) and animals (mayh). The artists selected for this project represent a small and unique group of young […]
John Wolseley returns to Darwin in June as part of his continuing exploration of the Daly River and Blue Mud Bay in East Arnhem Land. Immersed in swamps, wetlands, tidal mangroves and the life forms that inhabit them, his work is a search to discover how we coexist within the landscape. Wolseley’s paintings […]
These beautiful new hand printed fabrics from Merrepen Arts on the Daly River in Northern Territory are the result of a recent fabric printing workshop with Bobby Ruben. Merrepen artists are renowned for their stylised designs, which have traditional associations to the plants and animals of the Daly River region. The New fabrics […]
New fabrics from Maningrida feature hand printed designs on fine quality hand woven quilting fabrics and shot cottons. The women’s designs depict their landscape, dreaming stories, bush foods and bush activities. The exhibition will feature new and exciting screen prints and lino block printing. Proudly owned by Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, Babbarra Designs is […]
Our art comes from the Roper, that’s what connects us here, the river. The river is the source of our creativity and energy and our art flows like the river. The artists called this exhibition ‘Flowing from the Roper’, because they see it as a journey where the art has flown from the […]
Dion Beasley loves to draw dogs, their interactions and the world around them. Dion’s humorous observations capture the character and relationships of the animals and situations he draws. ‘A Dogs Life II’ is the latest body of prints produced by this unique Tennant Creek artist, editioned by Franck Gohier, Red Hand Studios, Darwin. […]
Drawings and sculpture by Talitha Kennedy. In this body of work Darwin based artist Talitha Kennedy examines the human relationship with nature in small sculptures and drawings. Talitha Kennedy’s small hand-stitched sculptures are inspired by the idea of holding a mini-world in your hands. ‘Humans have the power to make big […]