Posts Tagged "Australian Artists"

Mountain Devils at Waradah

Mountain Devils at Waradah

Who remembers the Mountain Devils? Did you know Mountain Devils have had a special relationship with Echo Point? From early as the 1930’s, enterprising Blue Mountains residents harvested the seed-head from the native shrub, Lambertia formosa (from the same family of Banksia and Waratah with spiky pink flowers) to fashion little devil dolls for tourists. Though hugely popular in the 1940’s-70’s, by the 1980’s the dolls started disappearing from the Blue Mountains shops and kiosks. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Sarah Michell had fond memories of the Mountain Devils and in...

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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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Feature Artist: Linda Syddick

Feature Artist: Linda Syddick

Linda Yunkata Syddick Napaltjarri (born c. 1937) is a Pintupi– and Pitjantjatjara– speaking Indigenous artist from Australia’s Western Desert region. Her father was killed by a revenge spearing party in accordance with customary Law when Linda was about eighteen months old; her mother later married Shorty Lungkarta Tjungarrayi, an artist whose work was a significant influence on Linda’s painting. Until the age of nine, Linda was raised in the traditional nomadic fashion, after which her family walked out of the desert to settle at the Lutheran Mission at Haasts Bluff...

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Feature Artist – Barbara Reid

Feature Artist – Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid Napangardi was born in 1962 near Tjukurla, Western Australia. She is the daughter of famous Australian National Gallery Artist, Ningura Napurulla and paints important women’s dreamings. Her paintings vividly depict a ceremonial site near Tjukurla where she was born and raised. Barbara’s use of bright colours is one of her trademarks coupled with thickly layered paint, typical of the Kintore region. Her style is an excellent example of the multivalent nature of Aboriginal paintings, that is, that the designs used in the paintings often have a number of interrelated symbolic...

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