Our Clients are Loving: Selma Coulthard

Selma Coulthard


Selma Coulthard 'Lerra Pinta (Finke River)-SCOG0071' 76 x 106cm

As soon as we receive new works by this brilliant artist they are gone within a matter of days! In some instances we don’t even have the time to hang them on our gallery walls!

Selma has spent years representing herself prior to approaching Kate Owen Gallery to represent her in 2013. In that time, Selma has continued to develop her own distinctive style and she has rapidly progressed to be one of our most highly regarded and sought after artists.

We are thrilled with Selma’s latest body of work and her new, well-deserved status as one of our ‘most-popular’ artists. Her new body of work should arrive in the gallery in a matter of weeks & we will notify all our KO Gallery Club members as soon as they arrive.

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A New Door Opens at the Gallery

If you are a KO Gallery Club Member, you would have received an email from Kate advising you that as of 30 June 2013, she would be retiring from Kate Owen Gallery. Kate will be concentrating on her two other loves - painting her own artworks and roaming the big wide world!

But never fear, as Kate Owen Gallery and its entire staff are in the secure hands of the new Gallery owner and Director, Geoffrey Henderson. Geoff has been an important studio supplier to the business for the past six years and he knows the Gallery and Aboriginal art world inside out.

Watch this space, as we will introduce you to Geoff and his vision for the gallery in our next blog post!

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Dorothy Napangardi passes away

Sad news I'm afraid. The wonderful artist Dorothy Napangardi has been killed in a car accident this week, along with one of the children travelling with her. She was on a family hunting trip. Dorothy will be mourned by so many people, and my heart goes out to her sisters Judy Watson Napangardi and Margaret Lewis Napangardi, her sisters and fellow artists. We have removed all of Dorothy's works from our website as a sign of respect. Dorothy was a relatively young woman and so talented. Her trademark paintings of country, mainly in black and white, are in collections and museums all over the world. Her passing is a great loss to everyone and to the Aboriginal art world. Kate

Selina Teece Pwerle Exhibition opens this weekend.

This weekend, we are pleased to present a collection of recent works by Selina Teece Pwerle, one of the younger artists from Utopia and beyond.  Surrounded by the big names in Aboriginal art, including Emily Kngwarreye herself, the young Selina learned to paint early, and has continued to evolve her highly individual styles for many years now.

 Selina is a serious painter, and her finely crafted works are perfect for lovers of colour and design.  They make excellent decorator pieces to give a focus and life to contemporary decor.   

Bush Flowers
Alpitye - Bush Flowers - STPAP6121130   70 x 100cm   $1830

Interestingly, while these paintings definitely satisfy that 'wow factor' design requirement, they are at the same time quite mesmerising.  You can suddenly find your eyes have been seduced - and that almost meditatively, they are tracing the paths, patterns and intricate 'dances' Selina creates across her canvas.

This work is bold and eye catching, and yet as you see below, it has Selina's trademark fine dot work to contrast and balance the more vibrant elements.

Alpitye Bush Flowers

Alpitye - Bush Flowers - STPAP6121130 (detail)

Another very attractive style is shown below - her soft spinifex grass paintings - again nestled amid the small dot work which represent the seeds surrounding the plants. 

Alatyeyt Spinifex Grass

 Alatyeyt - Spinifex Grass - STPAP711952  70 x 70cm  $930

 And yet another side of Selina's creative work: very stylised and charming naïve artworks - cameos of country and indigenous camp life.  I especially enjoy these little works, and think them well worth collecting, as they depict traditional Aboriginal life as it was (and as is still being lived to a degree, particularly in some further reaches of Utopia).

Antarrengeny Country

 Antarrengeny - Country - STPAP3131285  45 x 45cm  $830

Although I have shown red tones in this email (probably subconsciously to team with our logo!), Selina's exhibition is alive with many colours, particularly her glorious trademark blues edged with turquoise or white.  Other works use more traditional earthy colours, many of which are reminiscent of fabulous antique tapestries!

read her biography for more information.

Of course we'd love you to join us for drinks this opening weekend and at the same time to relax and enjoy our current display of quality Indigenous art.  All three floors are simply humming at the moment, with irresistable artworks for collectors and home decorators alike - and there's no need to miss it as we are open 7 days from 10 to 6pm.  Feel free to bring your friends and come along!