Bush Fire Dreaming by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

This artwork by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is a powerful and very bold example of a highly skilled and evolved senior artist. You can’t help but get swept across the linen as though you are hovering above a river of volcanic lava. 

This is one of those artworks with an instant wow factor, there is always a moments silence followed by a deep sigh of satisfaction from all the clients who see his work.  

Hung either way, it has the same effect, drama and passion. If you are looking for a work of art that has uniqueness, authority, can be hung in the grandest of offices or adorn the living room wall, I cannot recommend highly enough a bush fire dreaming artwork by Ronnie.

Bush Medicine Leaves

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 almost three hundred 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.

Watarru Community Collaborative

This one's been a long time coming... this amazing Watarru Community Collaborative is one of the few works that regularly gets pulled out for visitors to the gallery and when it does it often gets left out as everyone who walks by is drawn to it.  The work uses the unique combination of a typical white man's geographical expression of a landscape and an aboriginal perspective in which we delve into legendary images and stories.

This collaborative artwork includes the following female artists:

Katrina Pollard Nampitjinpa - granddaughter of Telstra winner, Ngoia Pollard

Bronwyn Jimmy - daughter of Wipana Jimmy

Tinpulya Mervin - community leader and artistic leader for this work

Wipana Jimmy - community leader, key driver of the establishment of Watarru community in the mid 1980s and cousin of Jimmy Baker

Anne Dixon Nangala - daughter of Wipana Jimmy

Imitjana Pollard - daughter of Ngoia Pollard

Watarru Community Collaborative   Jimmy's Country   200 x 248 cm   $19,775 - WCCG0002

Contemporary Aboriginal Art #41 - Elaine Woods

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a specific artist or artwork on  our blog. I promise I will try to post more regularly updates of our stock and make you discover new artists!

Along with Nellie Marks Nakamarra and Gracie Ward I was telling you about a few days ago, Elaine Wood is one of the favourites at the gallery at the moment with deep reds and touches of orange or green in her works. Just like Nellie’s works,  Elaine’s works are walking out the door in a flash.

The texture in her works is fantastic and it catches the eye of many every week.

Elaine Woods  Wani Wani  acrylic on linen  120 x 150 cm - $6,125

Wana Wani tells the story of two women on a long journey through the desert country from Irruntji through Tjukurla to Docker River where they meet other women and then move on to Kintore.   In Elaine's country in the Pitjantjatjara lands the two women have been wandering through the sand hills and from rock hole to rock hole.  The women are now camping and eating bush tomatoes and goanna that they have caught.