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Reminder – Mwerre Anthurre exhibition finishing soon

Calendar January 27, 2011 12:57 by author Mathieson

Just a reminder to everyone that the exhibition of works by Mwerre Anthurre artists Bill Kenda, Kukula McDonald & Adrian Robertson finishes this Sunday 30 Jan!
If you haven’t come in yet to check out the show, don’t miss your last chance to come and see these unique and wonderful works. The show has been receiving a lot of positive feedback and we hope you will love it too!


Our next show will be a selection of works from the fabulous artist Shorty Jangala Robertson (Warlukurlangu Art Centre). Ranging from 2005 - 2010 this comprehensive show is sure to impress! It opens in the top gallery 10 February and will continue until 26 February.

Australia Day vs Invasion Day

Calendar January 26, 2011 00:54 by author Kate Owen

Understandably called 'Invasion Day' by many of our indigenous people, today is not celebrated by all Australians.  We have come a long way from the crimes and divisions of the past - and we intend to go a lot further.  We are a multicultural nation, striving to be all that a multicultural nation can be - despite the beat ups of the press and the trip ups along the way (who doesn't have those?).  Today, many of us celebrate not only our beautiful, vibrant, inclusive and still emerging nation, but also our growing understanding of the immense treasure that is our (now) shared COUNTRY, and even more still (and MOST OF ALL for me) the immeasurable living treasure that is the ancient Aboriginal culture and the Aboriginal people.  Let's help make Australia Day 'Healing Day' and 'Learning Day' and yes, 'Sorry Day' too.  And to Indigenous Australia I salute you and I thank you from my heart for the great honour of getting to know you.  Love and Respect!

Staff Pick of the Week - by Mathieson

Calendar January 22, 2011 13:16 by author Mathieson

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty   Marrawuk (The Dry Season)   120 x 180 cm

When people hear the phrase “Aboriginal painting” it often conjures up images of earthy colours, x-ray animals or dots & semi circles to represent stories of old. What I love about this landscape is how it still represents a story, a place, familiar with Aboriginal culture. But uses techniques often seen in modern art.
A strong use of lines to create and define the landscape, a well chosen colour gamut that not only represents the objects in the landscape but also helps to promote a sense of depth to the work. Finally on a personal note it all just comes together aesthetically to make this work definitely one of the stand out pieces here at kate owen gallery.


Only five days to go to see the Canning Stock Route exhibition

Calendar January 20, 2011 22:09 by author Kate Owen

at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, it's extraordinary - visit to see and read about it.  A most professionally presented range of work including many of the artists we sell, and many others we hope to stock in the near future.  If you have a chance to visit this show, make sure you do.  Not only for the stunning artworks but for all the supporting information about the project, the artists, the indigenous way of life, the meanings of the artworks and more....

If you can't get to see the exhibition, visit the Museum website - there's plenty to read and see. It's all interesting. 

photograph from National Museum of Australia website; Photo by Tim Acker.

'It used to be blackfella Country before they built the wells. Today it's a kartiya highway. Before it used to be Aboriginal people's land, our Jukurrpa (Dreaming), waterholes, jumu (soakwaters) and jila (springs). Blackfellas used to walk around — foot-walk — not with a camel. When they saw camels and horses they'd get frightened and run away. Martu people got shot in that Country, and at Kulyayi (Well 42) Wangkajunga people got killed.
Canning made a mess of the wells and Dreaming tracks and sacred sites and law sites. He used blackfellas to get where he wanted to go, to make his mark. So it's about kartiya coming and making that line of wells.
But in another way, all those wells opened up our Country for people to travel back to Country with their kids. Because if you didn't do that the Country would be lost. Now it's easier to get to Country. We've got our own story there, two ways.
We're all family. All the stories are about how all the families got scattered across the Western Desert. And at the nine art centres, we're all related. From Wiluna and Kiwirrkurra and Balgo, Mulan, and Martu Country. From Nyarna (Lake Stretch) right down to Wiluna. Our ancestors walked that land. The Canning Stock Route forced all the people to all different places. ' 

excerpt from Aust National Museum website.


How the kangaroo got its name.....

Calendar January 15, 2011 07:54 by author Admin

When European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked a native Australian Aborigine, what they were called.
He replied "kangaroo" meaning "I don't understand" your question.
The explorers thought this was the animal's name.           (this little known snippet was taken from

The passing of Makinti Napanangka on January 9

Calendar January 15, 2011 01:28 by author Kate Owen

marks the loss of one of Australia's greatest indigenous artists. Winner of the prestigious Telstra Award in 2008, the tiny Makinti has left a heritage of powerful artworks to rival those of the greatest artists in the movement, and history will undoubtedly place her among them.  For more information visit


Don't forget we have an opening today!

Calendar January 8, 2011 10:13 by author Mathieson

Join us at 2pm today for the opening of our first exhibition for 2011 featuring marvellous naive works from three Mwerre Anthurre Artists; Kukula McDonald, Adrian Robertson and Billy Kenda.

If you can't make it today the show will be open until Sunday 30th January.

Hope to see you here!

Naive Aboriginal art from Mwerre Anthurre

Calendar January 5, 2011 05:39 by author Admin

Our first show of 2011: Marvellous naive works from three Mwerre Anthurre Artists; Kukula McDonald, Adrian Robertson and Billy Kenda. Each quirky, cameo like painting is distinctly that of the artist and no other: from the wild black cockatoos of Kukula McDonald, to the painterly and enigmatic landscapes of Adrian Robertson, and the strangely coloured vistas of Billy Kenda's country, peopled with trucks, cars, helicopters and planes, and inhabited by figures with a sense of extraordinary character and purpose.
Each of the artists is separated from their land, and this painful reality is expressed through their art.  One realises the depth of yearning that is there - the haunting cries of Kukula's cockatoos seem audible, Adrian's landscapes have a dreamlike quality, and what is it about those truck drivers in Billy's almost alien landscape?
Very affordable, unique and collectible.
For more information visit our website from Thursday 6th January.
The show opens at 2pm on Saturday 8th January 2011, and continues until Sunday 30th.

Kate Owen Gallery supports the Lord’s Taverners fundraiser

Calendar January 2, 2011 16:42 by author Mathieson

With the cricket season on - and Australia not doing so well unfortunately - Kate Owen gallery is proud to support the Lord’s Taverners fundraiser for the training of Indigenous cricketers.

Lord’s Taverners is the official charity for recreational cricket and UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. The Lord’s Taverners Australia opened in 1982.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO 

The fundraising function will take place tonight at the Sebel Hotel, Sydney and a beautiful Janet Golder Kngwarreye artwork will be auctioned off on our behalf.

about our gallery

KO LogoThe Kate Owen Gallery specialises in quality, contemporary Australian Aboriginal artworks, individually selected to bring that 'wow factor' to modern interiors.  Most of our visitors are amazed to see the wide range of different expression adopted by our indigenous artists.  Many who previously had no interest in Aboriginal Art, have their 'eyes opened' to it for the first time, by the sheer beauty and diversity around them.

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