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from little things, big things grow - the art & artists of papunya

Calendar August 5, 2014 10:46 by author Admin

     

Left: Ronnie Tjampitjinpa painting Tingari-Fire Dreaming Middle: Clifford Possum painting Night Sky Story Right: Johnny Warangkula Tjupurula

The exhibition title from little things big things grow comes from the song of the same name by Australian artists Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody. Written in the 1980’s, it tells the inspiring story of the Gurindji people's struggle for equality and land rights after their 'walk off' at the Wave Hill property in 1966.  It is a story of hope and optimism. So too is the story of Papunya.

Little did we know back in 1971 - when a young school teacher encouraged the men of Papunya to paint using traditional Aboriginal iconography from the Western Desert – that we were about to witness the birth of the Aboriginal Art Movement.  From humble beginnings, the artists of Papunya are now known as the founders and ‘Masters’ of the Aboriginal Art Movement. In the years since, the artists of Papunya have made a profound contribution to the movement and international contemporary art.

This exhibition showcases the art of the great Papunya masters and the artists who got their start in this humble settlement. Their vibrant and innovative works give enduring expression to their powerful Tjukurrpa (Dreamings) and simply reverberate with a pulsating energy in our third level collectors’ gallery.

Many of the pieces on display are museum quality works, but unlike similar works in public galleries, these are available for purchase.

We do hope you can visit the gallery in August and experience this superb exhibition.

Can’t visit the gallery? Don’t  worry, you can view the online exhibition here.



Tjapaltjarri Sale 20% - 70% off!

Calendar July 11, 2014 16:56 by author Admin

After the whirlwind success the Utopia ladies had with our Utopia sale – we thought it only fair to have a special sale for incredible Pintupi & Warlpiri male artists!

from 12 July - 27 July we will have

20% - 70% off

All Tjapaltjarri Artists

Including:

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri
Hilary Tjapaltjarri
Mick Namarari Japaljarri
Paddy Japaljarri Sims
Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Walala Tjapaltjarri
Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri

Make sure you indicate your interest quickly by telephone or email to ensure you don't miss out!



Wynne Prize Finalist 2014

Calendar July 11, 2014 14:36 by author Admin

We are proud to congratulate 

YINARUPA NANGALA

on being selected as a finalist in the

Wynne Prize 2014

The Wynne Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.

Yinarupa Nangala 'Untitled - YNAG0013' 122 x 183cm



Sneak Peek !!

Calendar July 5, 2014 14:41 by author Admin

We have a new addition to the Collectors' Gallery:

 

a spectacular 135 x 542 cm piece by the great Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri titled Tingari

it has to be seen to be believed - make sure you visit the gallery soon to see this powerful piece - no doubt it will be the centrepiece of a corporate office (or a very lucky home!) in no time at all

Our Collector's Gallery was established two years ago to pay homage to the leaders of the Aboriginal Art movement which captured the attention of the world, and to the artists who keep that tradition and artistry flourishing. View our collectors' gallery here

detail Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri 'Tingari' 135 x 542cm



Aboriginal Art on Sale

Calendar June 5, 2014 17:28 by author Admin

This weekend, Kate Owen Gallery launches its commitment to

250+  artworks on sale

all day, every day!

that's right - for 365 days a year we will have an amazing range of sale pieces at 

20% - 80% off

There are some cracking bargains to be had – so make sure you hurry to check our sales specials page. With 250+ artworks on sale all day everyday & our fantastic art consultants you are bound to find the perfect piece for your home or office!

 



25% off All Artworks from Utopia – No Exceptions!

Calendar May 16, 2014 16:47 by author Admin

Sale Starts Tomorrow at 10am & Finishes at 6pm Sunday 1 June

Over 400 artworks by your favourite artists are on sale for two weeks only!

Even deceased artists such as Minnie Pwerle, Indigenous masters like Kudditji Kngwarreye and our gorgeous 30x30cm range have 25% off - no exceptions!

 

Be one of the first to chose from our vast selection of beautiful artworks - at prices like this, they won't last long!

 

Our friendly & informative art consultants Daniel, Surrey, Kirby, Nick & Elizabeth are in the gallery this weekend so please visit (open 10am - 6pm everyday) or give us a call on (02) 9555 5283.



TREVOR ‘TURBO’ BROWN EXHIBITION OPENS THIS WEEKEND

Calendar May 7, 2014 08:21 by author Elizabeth Geyer

As I step into the charcoal gallery I feel as if I have been transported to the dreamtime; a time and place where all animals live in unspoiled harmony.  Turbo’s engaging pictorial style and irresistibly quirky critters have an unabashed loveliness to them.

His Tasmanian Tiger appears to be smiling right at you

 

While the Sixteen Pink Galahs are happy chatting amongst themselves, basking in the afternoon sun

 

Turbo’s work may seem naive in the simplicity of form, but there is an incredible energy in the dynamic composition, colour and line.

 

Using bright colours and bold outline, he usually works on a large scale and paints quickly using unmixed acrylic paint. His Engaging pictorial style and distinctive creatures from the dreamtime makes his works pulsate with an irresistible and syncopated beat.

Here, Turbo depicts two wombats – one above ground and the second appears to be nestled safely in their borrow, almost as if viewed from an aerial perspective.  It is this innovative and bold style that has seen Turbo achieve substantial recognition in just a few short years, as well as carve out a significant exhibition history. 

This will be a very fun opening weekend - the exhibition is a burst of colour and life; a celebration of Turbo and of Koorie culture and spirit. I encourage you all to visit the gallery this weekend and spend some time in Turbo’s Dreamtime.

To view all of Turbo’s artwork click here.

To read his incredible Biography, click here.



Upcoming Exhibition

Calendar April 29, 2014 15:08 by author Admin

Very Excited to Announce our Next Exhibition will be:

Trevor 'Turbo' Brown

deadly depictions of the dreamtime

Here's Turbo painting a new piece for our upcoming exhibition. It's called 'Black Cockatoo in the Morning Sun'.

Turbo is a rising star in the Aboriginal art scene who has already achieved substantial recognition for his innovative and bold style. Turbo is a Latjie Latjie man from Mildura in North Western Victoria.

Born with an intellectual disability and abandoned by his family at a young age, Turbo spent much of his youth homeless. Uncle Herb Batten, the man he loves as a father, once asked him why he only paints animals. He replied that when he was a teenager and living on the Mildura streets and the Murray River bank, the animals were his only friends.

Turbo's incredible biography and more information about this exhibition will be on our website soon!



Just Arrived!

Calendar April 22, 2014 15:53 by author Admin

 Gorgeous new works from Warlukurlangu - a not for profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu & Nyirripi in Central Australia.


Make sure you keep checking our new artworks page to see when these little gems are available to view online!




Easter Holiday Trading Hours

Calendar April 14, 2014 16:26 by author Admin

Yes - We Are Open!

Kate Owen Gallery Holiday Trading Hours

Thursday 17 April     10am - 4pm

Good Friday     CLOSED

Saturday 19 April     10am - 6pm

Sunday 20 April     10am - 6pm

Monday 21 April     10am - 6pm




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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