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What’s In The Stockroom? Kangaroo Hunter

Calendar February 25, 2012 09:00 by author Nick Fintan



Kangaroo Hunter

Kurun Warun

Acrylic on canvas

119 x 174 cm

$5200

Kurun Warun is an exceptional artist and musician from the indigenous Guntijamara tribe. He lives in South East Queensland and has painted from an early age. Kangaroo Hunter is a brilliant example of his elaborate and unique dot style. What draws me to his work is the way he manipulates the paint and  pushes the dots in different directions to achieve a surface full of interest and movement. This work has a special relationship to the team at Kate Owen as it was painted right here on site in the Gallery during December of 2011 when we were lucky enough to have Kurun Warun visit us over a few days.  Kurun Warun's work is highly sought after and has sold to international and celebrity collectors such as Oprah Winfrey.



Bush Medicine Leaves

Calendar February 18, 2012 09:00 by author Pip Hall

As the Register at Kate Owen Gallery I take an immense pleasure in receiving and displaying new works from Utopian women Rosemary Petyarre (Pitjara), Gloria Tamerre Petyarre (Pitjara) and Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) (Petyarre does not signify a surname, rather a skin group within the Anmatyerre language).

Situated thirty kilometres north–east of Alice Springs (In The Northern Territory) Utopia, a former cattle station, became renowned in the 1970’s for its batik: a skill passed down from a group of women (including Rosemary Petyarre) who had travelled to Indonesia to learn different techniques in textile designs.

Rosemary, Gloria and Jeannie’s artwork all encompass the same theme of the “Bush Medicine Leaves” receiving international and domestic recognition, and exhibiting in collections in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.  

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Rosemary Petyarre (Pitjara)
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Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara)
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Gloria Tamerre Petyarre (Pitjara)
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Medicine leaves are traditionally used in the alleviation of skins ailments and it is little wonder that their painted representations have become popular in Western Art Therapy for their calming qualities, and rejuvenating aesthetic. The leaves are traditionally dried on the desert floor, and drank hot in a ceremony overseen by a bush doctor; the artworks encapsulate the process of drying out the leaves, with a repetitive pattern creating an optical allusion: capturing the traditional imagery and symbology of Utopian culture.

These expressive and gestural works invoke a sense of fluidity and energy, brought on through their vibrant colour and lively composition.



What’s In The Stockroom? Waitya

Calendar February 16, 2012 07:00 by author Nick Fintan



Waitya

Mitjili Napurrula

Acrylic on linen

120 x 180 cm

$6300

Mitjili Napurrula is a Pintupi woman from the Haasts Bluff region 200km west of Alice Springs. She is the half sister of Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson. Her dreamings come from her father and relate to the important 'men's business' of spear making. What I find striking about Mitjili's work is her distinctive patterns that represent the women's contribution to this process in providing wood for the spears from trees - Watiya. Mitjili's canvas' are characterised by a strong sense of spacing and layering that has earned her acclaim both in Australia and internationally. I am drawn to this work in particular as it displays a light and subtle colour palette and is unique in being painted on an all white background.' Waitya' also displays Mitjil's signature style of dotting that push and overlap to give the impression of a solid colour field.



What’s In The Stockroom? My Country

Calendar February 13, 2012 00:00 by author Nick Fintan



My Country

Anna Petyarre

Acrylic on linen

100 x 200 cm

$5375

This elegant painting is My Country by Anna Petyarre. Anna is the niece of Emily Kame Kngwarreye and daughter of artists Glory Ngale. My Country is a representation of the salt lakes of her homeland. The large circles are waterholes created after heavy rain. What is so mesmerising about this work is the way Anna uses minimal colours, predominately black and white to form intricate, beautiful surfaces that glimmer just like the salt plains she paints. The use of black and white also means this painting will look great in any surrounding, from bold coloured walls to a sleek minimal interior.



What’s In The Stockroom? Bush Turkey Dreaming

Calendar February 11, 2012 02:33 by author Nick Fintan



Bush Turkey Dreaming

Michelle Possum

Acrylic on linen

60 x 115 cm

$2655

Bush Turkey Dreaming is a fabulous work by Michelle Possum, daughter of the great Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. What interests me about Michelle's work is she painted alongside her father from an early age and inherited his use of bold iconography. She has now infused this tradition with her own sensibilities of vivid colour. Her inspiration for this is the unique central desert landscape. What I enjoy about Bush Turkey Dreaming is the melding of ancient symbolism and a fresh modern use of colour and composition.




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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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