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BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI & MARINA PUMANI BROWN

13-May-2020 - 06-Jun-2020
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Alcaston Gallery is proud to present new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown.

This exhibitionhighlights the creative artistic visions of mother and daughter, as they each uniquely portray their sacred landscape in the APY Lands of South Australia.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is respected senior artist and traditional custodian of the significant site of Antara, her mother’s country. Pumani creates her own visual language to evoke the beauty, power and energy of the land through her signature palette; the deep reds pulsate through composition, while the understated tones of white and blue offer subtle tonal balance, resulting in highly sophisticated and contemporary paintings.

Winner of the prestigious General Painting Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2015 and 2016 and winner of the Wynne Prize in 2017, Pumani continues to build on her stellar artistic career; in 2019 she was announced winner of the prestigious $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award at Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria.

Like her mother and ancestors before her, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani passes down the long line cultural knowledge to her daughter Marina Pumani Brown, who embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists.

Brown’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of country and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Antara is always present in her work, Brown broadens her artistic practice by culminating both the traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands.

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to announce that Betty Kuntiwa Pumaniand Marina Pumani Brown have been shortlisted for the prestigious37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, with a major collaborative painting. This year Brown was also shortlisted for The Churchie Emerging Art Prize at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Queensland.

RUPERT JACK

13-May-2020 - 06-Jun-2020
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Alcaston Gallery in conjunction with Ernabella Arts, SA  is proud to present new stoneware ceramics by senior APY Lands artist RUPERT JACK.

Born in Mimili, a community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) of far north South Australia, former stockman Rupert Jack is a well-respected leader in his community of Ernabella and has practiced as a Pastor for over twenty years. He began his career as an artist at Ernabella Arts in 2009, creating a unique style of painting and ceramics that merges Western religion with traditional Anangu culture.

In this new body of work, Rupert Jack has skilfully constructed stoneware ceramics that depict the journey of the Maku, or witchetty grub, an important story in Anangu cultural history. The distinct incisions on the ceramics’ surface represent the maku travelling across his country in the APY Lands. Jack believes that the evolution of the witchetty grub into the ghost moth reflects the evolution of the human spirit, and the artist’s mark making on the circular surface of ceramics reflects the surface of the earth; a continuous loop of evolution and the cycle of life.   

Rupert Jack has received much acclaim for his artwork, particularly his stoneware ceramics, due to his skilled craftsmanship and unique artistic aesthetic. He has participated in major exhibitions including Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in 2017-18, and he was a finalist in the prestigious 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

We hope you enjoy viewing this exhibition catalogue during these unprecedented and challenging times. We will continue to showcase the exhibition over the coming weeks via our website and social media. 

Please contact Gallery Manager Glenn Manson for all enquiries, to arrange a private viewing or for further information.  

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