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 for Kate Owen 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


Tiwi Islands Art Exhibition

'Warrumiyanga Way' - works on canvas and paper

The Tiwi Islands are located 100km North of Darwin and comprise of Melville Island, Bathurst Island and nine small uninhabited Islands. 

Whist the Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, the Tiwi culture is very unique. It is distinguishable by an emphasis on dance (which is still an essential component of everyday life) and the Pukumani ceremony. As well as a skin name, each person has their own dreaming and dance which they inherit. During ceremony, the body is painted in geometric abstract designs, known as ‘jilamara’.

The art of the Tiwi Islands is clearly distinguishable by their fine and intricate designs (many derived from jilamara designs), which is usually applied with the traditional Tiwi painting comb, known as the ‘pwoja’ or ‘kayimwagakimi’. The artists of the Tiwi Islands have explored a vast array of artistic mediums such as painting, prints, Batiks, wood carvings, shell work, and ceramics. Whilst each artist has their own unique aesthetic, there remains a strong emphasis on design and using natural ochres. 


Lillian Kerinaiua - LKE24728 - 45 x 100cms

Tiwi Islander artworks have a special place in Aboriginal art history, associated with the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1958 gallery deputy director Tony Tuckson and Dr Stuart Scougall commissioned 17 Pukumani grave posts for the gallery’s collection.  Back then, it was a groundbreaking moment for Aboriginal art, as it shifted Aboriginal visual culture to an art gallery setting, rather than an anthropological piece/specimen housed in a museum.



Estelle Munkanome - ESM60410

Tiwi Island art also has an incredible ‘wow’ factor that is bound to delight viewers.  Right now are showing a beautiful selection of works from the Ngaruwanjirri group – a special group which was created to provide employment opportunities for the people of Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu, Bathurst Island) and to support local Tiwi artists with disabilities.

The artists featured in this show include Alfonso Puautjimi, Estelle Munkanome, Lillian Kerinaiua and Lorna Kantilla - each has a unique and very contemporary style, rendered in soft but edgy ochres.

Alphonso Puautjimi's works particularly, are very collectible:  quirky but powerful representations of his visit to the city - cars, planes and buildings suddenly became his theme - so overwhelming was this new visual environment.  The others range from Lorna Kantilla's soft ephemeral works to Lillian Kerinaiua's simply brilliant compositions of quasi geometrical shapes offset with contrasting areas of dense and varied dotwork.

Unfortunately, this very special art centre closed in late 2012 due to a discontinuation of Government funding – a very unhappy situation indeed, particularly for the artists.  Our exhibition is physically located in our 'Charcoal Gallery' on the second level, but also available for viewing on line – web purchases can be made quickly and easily through our secure payment gateway.

We hope you enjoy the artworks as much as we do!


Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarrye

Gloria Petyarrye, the matriarch of the Petyarrye family, is known all around the world for her Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming. 

This beautiful work of Gloria’s encompasses luscious hues of deep reds, gold and yellows which resonate. When you look a little closer, you can see delightful touches of purple/blue. The fluidity of the strokes are wonderful to look at as each brush stroke carries with it pigment from the previous stroke. Bush Medicine leaves are healing leaves of the Kurrajong tree used by women from the Anmatyerre region in traditional bush medicines.  

From my perspective I can feel the healing energy in the work, it is both joyous yet peaceful.  The dimensions of the work, a striking square 120 x 120 cm, make it a statement piece also.  This painting by Gloria will transform and lift any space, it is an exciting work that one cannot help but respond to.

See More Works by Gloria Petyarre