BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI, NGUPULYA PUMANI, MARINA PUMANI BROWN Nganampa walytja - Our family
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Ngupulya Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown in Nganampa walytja – Our family. This exhibition showcases the collective cultural knowledge and unique creative vision of these three exceptional women, as they each powerfully portray their sacred landscape in the APY Lands of South Australia.
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani creates her own visual language to depict the significant site of Antara, of which she is a traditional custodian. Using her signature palette of red, blue and white, the strong yet subtle contrasts in her highly sophisticated compositions suggest the beauty and power of Antara, as well as her innate connection with the land. 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, Betty continues to build on her stellar artistic career being shortlisted this year for both the36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin and the Wynne Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Together with her sister Betty, Anangu artist Ngupulya Pumani is also a proud custodian of Antara. Her luminescent paintings present intricate designs that represent the sacred stories and ceremonies relating to the site, which were passed down to her by her late mother: "Antara is my mother's country. She taught me the stories, and showed me the places, like one special rockhole where women would have inma (ceremony). Now I remember her when I paint Antara."
Daughter of Betty Pumani, Marina Pumani Brown embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists, as her work captures the long line cultural knowledge passed down to her from her mother and ancestors. Marina’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of the landscape and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Antara is always present in her work, Marina broadens her practice by culminating both the traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands.
Ngayuku ngura kuwari (My home now)
Ngayuku ngura kuwari (My home now)
Ngayuku ngura kuwari (My home now)
JUDY HOLDING: Specimen Gully
Alcaston Gallery is proud to present Specimen Gully, a new exhibition of cast bronze tree sculptures by JUDY HOLDING.
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.