BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI WITH NGUPULYA PUMANI + TUPPY GOODWIN: Malaku Angkupai Antaraku: Always returning to Antara
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present a powerful exhibition of new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, alongside the work of her older sister Ngupulya Pumani, and their fellow senior cultural woman Tuppy Goodwin.
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani was born in the bush to mother Kunmanara (Milatjari) Pumani and father Sam Pumani near Perentie Bore, thirty kilometres from Mimili Community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) of far north South Australia. Her grandparents on her mother’s side were King Everard (Nyapi) and Mantjangka Everard. Her father’s country is near Watarru and her mother’s country is Antara. Today Betty and her older sister Ngupulya Pumani are custodians of Antara and its associated Dreamings.
Recognised for her startling use of vibrant red, contrasting whites and intense cobalt blues within serpentine large-scale visionary compositions, Betty Pumani’s extraordinary rise in the Australian contemporary art world has been well recognised with successive wins of both the 2015 and 2016 General Painting Award of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Ngupulya Pumani is a senior Anangu woman who is committed to fostering traditional law and culture in her community. She began painting in 2009 with the Mimili Maku Arts Centre. Pumani is recognised for her deep cultural knowledge, portrayed with intricate detail and intense luminous palettes. In 2017 she was a finalist in the prestigious Wynne prize and her work is held in major collections throughout Australia and abroad.
Tuppy Goodwin’s colourful contemporary paintings depict her country with fluid brushstrokes, bold colour and textural detail. Goodwin is married to fellow Mimili artist Mumu Mike Williams, and her work is held in several major public and private collections.
The dynamic work of these three strong women has been brought together to create a bold and diverse exhibition of contemporary indigenous art from the APY lands, South Australia.
Image: Betty Pumani, Antara 2017 (AK21109) synthetic polymer paint on linen 197 x 197 cm
MICK WIKILYIRI: NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new paintings by senior Tjala artist Mick Wikilyiri. The striking, contemporary works presented in this exhibition offer a representation of country, spirituality and a rich family history of revealed creative practices.
The story of the Honey Ant is the impetus within Mick Wikilyiri’s painting practice. His landscapes are thoughtfully depicted through striking imagery, stylistic experimentation and intense colour. As a respected elder in his community, Mick Wikilyiri’s highly contemporary paintings are a celebration of Anangu culture, as well as a means to protect cultural ties for future generations.
Mick Wikilyiri grew up in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia, and worked as a stockman on cattle stations before establishing an artistic career. Wikilyiri was one of the first men to begin painting at Tjala Arts after a men’s painting room was established, and has since become one of Tjala Arts leading artists. In 2016, Mick Wikilyiri featured in the major exhibition Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars was the first major survey of exhibition of its kind, presenting over 100 artists from across the APY Lands. Alcaston Gallery presented a body of works on paper by Mick Wikilyiri and his wife Paniny Mick in 2017, alongside the first solo exhibition of their daughter Yaritji Young.
Mick Wikilyiri has been collected by many National institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Parliament House Collection, Canberra
And Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
JUDY HOLDING: THE LAYERED LANDSCAPE 2017
Alcaston Gallery proudly presents an exciting body of work by Judy Holding, including new watercolours and sculptures. Judy Holding is an established multidisciplinary artist with a practice spanning 35 years. Holding’s sweeping painterly documentation and playful sculptural forms present a spirited meditation on plants, animals, indigenous mythology, and the role of man in the vast biosphere. Exuding immense energy, Holding’s personal visual vocabulary of symbolic forms conveys her lifelong connection to the landscape of regional Victoria and far north Australia. Her work is collected by many public and private collections, including the major institutions: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; and the collections of Deakin, LaTrobe and Victoria University, Victoria.
Image: Judy Holding, White Lady at Cannon Hill, 2017, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76 cm.
© Judy Holding and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017
HERMANNSBURG POTTERS - IRNA: TREES 2017
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Irna: Trees a new body of work by The Hermannsburg Potters. This exhibition represents an important development in the practice of the celebrated ceramic artists, introducing new directions in sculptural forms and painterly depictions celebrating the beauty, spirit and life-giving force of trees within the landscape: IRNA: Marna, Itarrkngilanha, Pmara - Tree: Food, Medicine, Home.
Presented alongside new work by leading watercolourist and sculptor Judy Holding, who was artist-in-residence at The Hermannnsburg Potters studio in 2016.
Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.
The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally.
CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - ALCASTON GALLERY
Alcaston Gallery will be participating in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017. Exhibiting artists: Naomi Hobson, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Shirley Macnamara and Naomi Hobson and the Kalay Clay Artists from Coen – Don KullaKulla, Alfred Thompson, Cindy Thompson, Delma Rokeby and Josie KullaKulla, John Gunawarra.
Alcaston Gallery has a proud history participating in CIAF from inception , representing and supporting Queensland Indigenous artists both independent and in conjunction with Art Centres for nearly 30 years .
In CIAF2017 our focus is on Coen in central Cape York Peninsula with the Coral Sea to the east and the Aurukun wetlands to the west. Showcasing for the first time the emergence of talented ceramicists under the guidance of painter Naomi Hobson now one of Queensland’s best known artist will surprise and delight.
Alcaston Gallery will also exhibit paintings ,prints ceramics, sculpture and weavings from artists referencing land, culture, climate change and lifestyle – artists with a unique view and individuality- Director Beverly Knight says “art lovers trust our eye and know we share the importance for supporting artists and the pathway to a career. We encourage CIAF visitors to support the artists and their endeavours.