What’s In The Stockroom? Kangaroo Hunter

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. [More]

Bush Medicine Leaves

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. [More]

What’s In The Stockroom? Waitya

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. [More]

What’s In The Stockroom? My Country

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. [More]

What’s In The Stockroom? Bush Turkey Dreaming

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. [More]