Posts Tagged "Aboriginal History"

Feature Artist: Violet Petyarre

Feature Artist: Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre’s artistic endeavours commenced in 1977 with Batik tie-dying and woodblock printing techniques, in which her Dreaming references were burnt into wood with hot wire and then ‘stamped’ onto fabric. Colours were then applied and these bright fabric panels were then sewn into garments that were welcomed by the Utopia women. With other Utopia women, Violet Petyarre’s first works-on-canvas evolved through a special local project entitled ‘Utopia Women’s Paintings – A Summer Project 1988-1989’ (The Holmes a’ Court Collection). This project engendered a new direction of artistic...

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Feature Artist: Dinny Nolan Tjampitjimpa

Feature Artist: Dinny Nolan Tjampitjimpa

Dinny Nolan Tjampitjimpa was born west of Mt. Allan near the present site of Yuendumu. His  birth is thought to be in the early 1920’s as when interviewed, he said that he is a survivor of the Coniston massacre. (This was the last officially condoned massacre of Aboriginal people where about 70 Warlpiri men and women were murdered on Coniston Station in August 1928). As an adult he worked as a stockman on many cattle stations in the Northern Territory before following in the footsteps of several of his relatives and settling in Papunya. Here under the guidance of Geoffrey Bardon, he...

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Feature Artist: Ronnie Bird Jungala

Artist: Ronnie Bird Jungala Area: Utopia, Northern Territory Language: Anmatyerre Ronnie Bird Jungala was born in 1960 and is the son of Internationally acclaimed artist Ada Bird Petyarre, who passed away in 2010. He is married to acclaimed Aboriginal artist, Janet Golder. His aunts are also famous desert artists, Kathlene Petyarre and Gloria Petyarre. Ronnie is one of the most gifted Desert artists. Find Ronnie’s Paintings Here Ronnie’s work, which can be found in many private collections in Australia and around the world, are beautifully crafted, vibrant and colourful. His designs,...

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Feature Artist: Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri and his family group were amongst the last nomadic desert dwellers to join their kinsmen in the small settlements that had grown around the periphery of their homelands. The family – four brothers, three sisters and two mothers – had lived a subsistence life, isolated from their relatives who had left their desert homelands twenty years earlier. Click Here for More Indigenous Art After making contact with their relatives, the Pintupi nine as they became known, were invited to live at Kiwirrkura, where most of them still reside. During this time, Walala and his...

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Feature Artist: Nellie Nakamarra Marks

Feature Artist: Nellie Nakamarra Marks

Nellie belongs to the Pintubi clan from the Kintore area in Central Australia. She was taught to paint by many of the founders of the desert art movement, includingOld Mick Namarrari, Uta Uta, Pinta Pinta and her father, the great master Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. Nellie has learned the Dreamings of her family ever since she was a small child. Her subjects are primarily Lightning dreaming, Women’s stories and Women’s Tingari from her father’s and her grandfather’s country which lies to the east of Kintore in the Northern Territory. Women’s Dreaming stories depicts her family as they move...

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