This exhibition showcases a powerhouse of talented artists inspired by the culture, ceremony and stories of the land and sea around Bulgul and through the broader Top End of the Northern Territory. Featuring 15 artists, including 3 generations of the McCarthy/Morgan family, over 70 artworks and a broad range of captivating artistic styles, this inspiring show is unlike anything seen at Kate Owen Gallery before.
The group referred to as the Bulgul Artists, are an informal collective of family and friends from Bulgul and surrounding regions in the Top End.
Tracing its origins back to 2003 when Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty began painting, this talented group now encompasses 15 artists and spans 3 generations. Particularly in the last two years, the group has grown as more of the family and friends have taken up Aboriginal art as a career. Inspired by the success of those around them, others have revived dormant careers.
As well as containing important works from Helen and her sister and longstanding artist, Kerry Madawyn McCarthy, this exhibition is the first opportunity to admire the newcomers' talent. The exhibition also gives cause to wonder at the lost years for the talented Dianne Tchumut who, amazingly, after not painting for almost a decade, has been named as a finalist in five separate major art awards in the last 18 months.
This artistic collective has created its own art studio, which is a hive of creativity, culture and genuine passion for what they paint. Between them, they have been included in over 100 shows and exhibitions worldwide, won numerous art awards and been finalists in countless others. They have achieved this using their own ingenuity and in the complete absence of government funding or support.
Konstantina presents her highly anticipated show EORA. It will be an evocative collection of Raining Series pieces and will be created out of the natural ochres and pigments found on Eora Country. An exhibition not to be missed.
A collection of artworks that have a pop of colour to brighten up these autumn months. From colourful Polly's to extraordinary Helens, this diverse mix of art will surely lift your mood.
Following in the steps of their father, the late William King Jungala, Tarisse and Sarrita have explored new mediums to express their age-old stories. The launch of these sculptures is an extension of their creativity and a new form of expression for many of the ideas seen in their painted canvases. The art lover now has an even greater opportunity to connect with the unique art of the King Sisters.
The King Sisters' stories are a mixture of information from their Aboriginal cultural and those told to them by their father. Tarisse and Sarrita have now infused their own personal journeys into their father's legacy. What results is a unique perspective on their culture and the world we are connected to.
The wide range of materials used in these exciting new sculptural forms has been integral to the amazing creative journey Tarisse and Sarrita have gone on. Using metal, stone and wood, the artists have been able to draw directly on the elements of their land to express themselves and their connection to culture and country.
Please enjoy this compelling new body of work by Athena Nangala Granites. Athena comes from a long line of artists and is one of the exciting next generation from Warlukurlangu art centre who are using an unrestricted palette and experimental approach to develop a modern interpretation of their traditional culture. Athena's luminous celestial skies have been grabbing the attention of art lovers around the world so please indicate your interest quickly to avoid disappointment.
With the famous late Minnie Pwerle as grandmother, Emily Kame Kngwarreye as great aunt, and the equally talented Barbara Weir for his mother, it is not surprising that Freddy Purla is bursting with artistic talent. Freddy's latest body of work reflects the diversity and dynamism of art from the Utopia region. His paintings capture the energy of the land and communicate an underlying and vibrant spirituality.
Four years ago we farewelled our dear friend, Kudditji Kngwarreye. This exhibition looks back over his artistic oeuvre and how he pioneered a highly intuitive gestural method of painting. Harsh or soft but always surprising, his painterly style mapped out his Country and his Dreamings.
50 years ago in the community of Papunya, a young school teacher encouraged the senior men of Papunya to paint their knowledge of traditional ceremonial body and sand painting onto canvas.
That groundbreaking innovation transformed one of the world's oldest living art forms into an utterly contemporary movement.
On display in our third level gallery space are some of the great artists from the Papunya Tula Arts Movement. Their compelling works give enduring expression to their powerful Tjukurrpa (Dreamings) and simply shimmer with brilliance.
We are delighted to present an exciting new body of work of the Lockhart River Art Gang, courtesy of Lockhart River Arts.
What is remarkable about our current exhibition is the diversity of styles, and yet the artworks always circle back to the identity of Sandbeach community; intertwining art and tradition as a cultural and personal expression from the artists' own unique perspectives.
Make sure you visit the gallery in the month of June to soak up this incredible art.
Jack Dale is an artist who is notable not only for his art but for the visual history of the Kimberleys that he recorded in his works during his long career. This retrospective features an important body of artworks spanning much of Jack's painting life. They represent a unique and thought provoking record of a long life which straddled traditional Aboriginal law and the dangerous 'whitefella' world at one of our frontiers.
Kate Owen Gallery is proud to present Land + Sky: Impressions of Country, a solo show by Sarrita King featuring her latest body of work.
There is a refined ethereal beauty to these artworks, which represent the elements and their interaction with the landscape.
There is an imperfect, yet appealing shape and character retained in organic material. This beautiful collection of artworks showcases the artists from across Australia that have used their Country in their art.
Some of the artworks featured are from the Kimberley region and have thick layers of traditional pigments. Despite all the earthiness, there is a restraint and sophistication that makes the works perfect for modern interiors.
While other artworks have traces of everyday life in the bush; dust, pieces of earth and heavens knows what - Classic Aboriginal Art.
Then there are the mesmerizing Larrakitj Memorial Poles, made of hollow stringybark logs and painted with a long thin handmade brush that is covered with pigment and then drawn carefully over the surface of the pole. Layer upon layers of ochre lines are applied, turning the surface into a state of shimmering brilliance.
By creating artworks that are of the land and asserting once's identity and connection to place, you could say these artworks are a 'title deeds' to Country.
Well - what a year it has been! Despite all the challenges 2020 has presented us, we are so thankful that we have been able to continue to showcase the very best contemporary Indigenous Australian art and share our passion for Aboriginal art and culture with the world.
We couldn't have done it without the incredible artists who choose to bless us with their art (and who have continued to remain inspired during these times and produce some phenomenal works of art!) and of course, you -our clients and supporters. Our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill over the past year.
Please enjoy this online exhibition - a collection of artworks from our 'top 10' most popular artists of 2020. We get enquiries about these incredible artists every day, so if you are interested in any of the pieces please indicate your interest quickly by telephone or email to ensure you don't miss out.
From Ampilatwatja and Bulgul in the NT and onto our East Coast: An exquisite new body of works by some of our most popular artists, who create their expression of country in their own distinctive ways. This show features an Artist in Residence for up and coming Gadigal artist, Konstantina. Contact the Gallery for details.
Barbara Weir has excited audiences all over the world with her highly compelling abstract artworks. Hers is an art that is as remarkable in its exquisite expression as the story of her life.
Kate Owen Gallery is delighted to present the first solo show of Barbara Weir in eight years. The exhibition will be held in our third level collectors' gallery, but all of the artworks are also available to view here on our website.
This is a highly anticipated exhibition so please contact the gallery quickly to avoid disappointment.
The warmer weather is here at last, so we have refreshed our gallery space with the vibrant hues of Springtime. Enjoy a cheerful selection of artworks by some of our most popular artists; Polly Ngale, Gloria Petyarre, Freddy Purla and many more!
Almost 50 years after Clifford pioneered the desert art movement, this family exhibition showcases artworks from three generations of the Possum family. Heavy on iconography and deep in meaning, the show fast forwards us across the decades.
Celebrating the opening of our new gallery extension, East Coast Matters is an exhibition of works by gifted artists from urban and regional areas of eastern Australia. Artists hailing from areas other than remote Australia are too often ignored due to art lovers' fixation with art from the desert regions. The stunning works from the artists featured, challenge us to broaden our perspectives. East coast art really does matter.
The decision by the Pintupi to record their dreamings in an enduring form, using non-Indigenous media, marked the start of the western desert Aboriginal art movement. Nearly 50 years later, artists such as Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa are still the benchmark against which others are measured. This exhibition showcases artworks from the early masters, those at Papunya in the early 1970s when it all began, and their immediate followers.
Artists include Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Yukultji Napangardi, Naata Nungurrayi, George Tjungurrayi & more
Sharing Our Stories
Kate Owen Gallery is delighted to present a stunning selection of artworks from Lockhart River. Artists include: Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson, Fiona Omeenyo, Irene Namok, Silas Hobson and Patrick Butcher.
Bursting onto the art scene in the mid-nineties with a refreshing unique take on age old Dreamings, a group of young artists from the eastern coast of the Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland quickly gained acclaim for their unique brand of Indigenous art and became known as "The Art Gang". Until this time, Australian Indigenous art tended to be associated with and dominated by austere desert art from the centre of Australia and ochres from the Kimberleys. The Art Gang upended this paradigm, producing imaginative bodies of work that, like desert and Kimberley art, collectively explored traditional values and cultural heritage, the physical environment and its seasonal changes but took a completely different approach, symbolically and colour palette wise.
25 years later, the original Art Gang continues to innovate, challenge norms and push boundaries. In comparison to how art is produced in other First Nation communities, conventional symbols and designs are not used to represent country and culture. The Art Gang's works are expressive, layered, linear, abstract and fluid. The use of innovative techniques creates unique and distinctive art which regenerates and transforms the stories and memories shared by these artists. In short, The Art Gang present to us a new, contemporary and unconventional visual language.
Innate talent and their unique aesthetic has led to international success, inclusion in major public and private collections and numerous awards and industry recognition.
We will be kicking off our 2020 exhibition schedule with a beautiful selection of artworks hand-picked by our Gallery Director. This show has a beautiful balance of works with strong iconography and incredible amount of mythological detail, as well as works that are extremely bold, free, expressive, abstract and experimental.
Please enjoy a collection of artworks from our 'top 10' most popular artists of 2019! We get enquiries about these incredible artists every day, so if you are interested in any of the pieces please indicate your interest quickly by telephone or email to ensure you don't miss out
It is with great excitement that we are hosting the first Sydney solo exhibition for Niah Juella McLeod, an exciting new voice in the contemporary Indigenous art scene, winner of the 2017 Paddington Art Prize Young Artist Award and finalist in this year's Paddington Art Prize. Niah is a descendant from the Monero, Wandandian and Yuin People from South Eastern Australia. As the daughter of artist Kathrin Sharp and Aboriginal activist, poet, healer, musician and Yuin Elder Bobby McLeod, Niah's works tell of stories passed down and unique to her history.
Niah began painting as a form of meditation, only first exhibiting her work in public in 2015. Niah's art continues to develop and we are delighted to present her latest body of work - the meditative process is evident in her works and explores her spiritual and physical connection with place and people.
Please click on the image to view some examples of the full show. I encourage you all to visit the gallery and support this exciting young talent!
Karen Napaljarri Barnes' appealing paintings of the birds and animals that live around Yuendumu have captured the hearts of art lovers around the world. Enjoy her latest body of quizzical critters at Kate Owen Gallery; a selection of large statement pieces and quaint smaller works will be available to view and purchase either in the gallery or online.
A stunning selection of artworks by the artistic legends from the Lockhart River in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula; Rosella Namok, Fiona Omeenyo, Samantha Hobson and Silas Hobson. Marvel at their detailed and graphic knowledge of the local flora, fauna and landscape and how they interpret it as an aesthetic pattern; using line, tone and texture to create expressionistic and abstract works that convey the character and sense of their country.
Considered one of the most accomplished painters from the Utopia region, senior artist Polly Ngale's exquisite new body of work showcases her exuberant and masterful use of colour in the depiction of 'Arnwetky' (Bush Plum).
Polly is one of the most senior custodians of her country Alparra, in the heart of Utopia. Her subject matter is drawn from acute observation and memory; intimate knowledge of country, personal history and ancestral journey.
We are delighted to present our third exhibition in the 'defining tradition' exhibition series. In this show, we are celebrating the trailblazing artists who moved away from colour and pursued a more minimalistic style.
Inspired by ancient Dreamings and the Australian landscape, their works are restrained in colour palette, yet remarkably powerful with exceptional compositional designs.
A stellar show depicting tales of lust, love, passion and danger. Experience the stories of the seven ancestral sisters as they travel across land and sky. Artists include Athena Nangala Granites, Andrea Adamson and Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi.
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
We've put together a collection of beautiful works from some of our trailblazing female artists. Please contact the gallery if you would like high resolution images, a 'digital hang' of an artwork in situ at your home or office, or further information about the artists represented.
We are delighted to present our second exhibition in the 'defining tradition' exhibition series. In this show, we're celebrating the trailblazing artists who charted an entirely new course with their adventurous use of colour in the depiction of their ancient Dreamings.
The history of contemporary Indigenous art in Australia is marked by stories of great artists who have inspired other close or extended kin to follow in their direction, resulting in a number of distinct schools, lineages, or 'traditions'.
'The first wave & its disciples' will present artists that have remained faithful disciples of the muted colour palettes and powerful expression of Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) as first set down by the pioneers of western desert art, those present in the remote community of Papunya in 1971.
A collection of artworks that can be rolled-up to a size that is easily transportable!
A celebration of life, country and Tjukurrpa; this curation of masterpieces and museum quality works, including many previously unexhibited works, showcases the soaring talent of this recently deceased master. Never before have so many of Watson's seminal works been exhibited in the one space. Artworks include the groundbreaking 2013 piece featured in the Australian newspaper, and many more.
A burst of colour and a breath of fresh air to shake off the winter blues and celebrate spring. Kate Owen Gallery staff have chosen their favourite pieces from leading artists including Gloria Petyarre, Barbara Weir, Kudditji Kngwarreye and Polly Ngale for this refreshening and eye opening show to kick off the warmer months.
On display until 23 Sept 2018.
Charmaine Pwerle, daughter of Barbara Weir and granddaughter of Minnie Pwerle, hails from one of Aboriginal art's great painting dynasties. It is tempting to look at Charmaine's artworks in light of her famous relatives, however her art demands attention in its own right. It makes its own statements. Charmaine's subject matter draws on stories passed down for generations, but approaches it in a wholly different fashion than her grandmother to whom she is so often compared. This latest body of work is truly traditional but also stands up against the best of contemporary art. Charmaine is defining a new tradition for Aboriginal art. Join us at Kate Owen Gallery for this memorable show.
On display until 12 August
Members of the lost tribe, Warlimpirrnga, Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri stunned the world when walking out of the desert in 1984. Within 3 years Warlimpirrnga's art featured in an exhibition in Melbourne. This exhibition features contemporary works by the three brothers.
On display until 1 July 2018
Baker Family Show
This exhibition celebrates a legacy. Following a recent workshop at our studio in Alice Springs. Kate Owen gallery is proud to showcase stunning new works by Maringka, masterpieces from the late 2000s by Jimmy and an array of brilliant new pieces from other Baker family members, including rising stars Teresa Baker (Wynne Prize and Telstra Award finalist) and Clarise Tunkin (Telstra Award finalist).
Kate Owen Gallery in co-operation with DACOU gallery is delighted to present our highly anticipated exhibition Emily Kame Kngwarreye Earth's Creation.
Earth's Creation includes major previously un-exhibited works by leading Aboriginal artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Accompanied with premium works by Emily's extended family, the exhibition includes the following artists;
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Minnie Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Charmaine Pwerle, Freddy Purla, Teresa Purla, Gloria Petyarre, Betty Mbitjana, Emily Pwerle, Galya Pwerle and Lizzie Pwerle.
On display until 23 April 2018
Kate Owen Gallery is proud to showcase a new body of work from Warlukurlangu Artists. Warlukurlangu Artists is one of the longest running Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia. With an exciting new wave of talent in the Centre's next generation of artists, this exhibition offers a carefully selected and diverse new body of works and influences from various artists.
On display until 11 March 2018
Our first solo exhibition for Gwenda will showcase a new body of work, featuring her signature cream on white style and exciting new colour experimentation.
From Utopia in the Northern Territory, the home country of many of our greatest indigenous artists, Anna Price Petyarre and Dulcie Long Pula have recently branched out and are pursuing a more minimalistic style. The works are characterised by restrained colour palettes, exceptionally fine attention to detail and complex designs. We have many stunning new works from both artists that should not be missed.
This exhibition provides the perfect opportunity for our art consultants to hang their favourite pieces from our 2,000+ artwork stockroom and show them off! This will be a beautiful selection of hand-picked artworks ranging from Indigenous masters, established artists to exciting new talent.
Out along the Tanami track sits Warlukurlangu Artists, an Aboriginal owned and operated organisation that is bringing through a whole new generation of artists. This new wave of talent, such as Julie and Sabrina, daughters of acclaimed artist Dorothy Napangardi, is keeping the remote community of Yuendumu vibrant as well as ensuring the culture of the owners, the Warlpiri people, remains strong. This latest body of work by Julie and Sabrina Nangala consists of a fascinating blend of stylised experimentation and ancient narrative.
Australia's desert landscapes, regarded as the ‘outback' of Australia, have long been a great inspiration for artists. But it is the artists of the Western Desert, way out west from Alice Springs, that have taken the world by storm with their powerful and unique art; designs and images expressing their intimate connection to their Country and the Tjukurrpa.
Hanging in our third level collectors' gallery, artists will include Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Thomas Tjapaltjarri, George Ward Tjungurrayi, Nyungawarra Ward Napurrula, Gracie Ward Napaltjarri, Katjarra Butler, Joylene Reid Napangati, Tjawina Porter and Tommy Watson.
Please enjoy this exquiste new body of work by Sarrita King.
Sacred, traditional, historical and ceremonial elements are interwoven in a dynamic family show featuring Barbara Weir, Charmaine Pwerle, Teresa Pula and Lizzie Pwerle. Barbara and her family continue to push boundaries, experimenting with different painting styles and techniques in this latest body of work.
It is with great excitement that we introduce a new stable of artists to Kate Owen Gallery with our inaugural exhibition, Lockhart River Mob.
The artists come from Sandbeach Culture and Community; five distinct clan groups that live in one of the most precious natural environments on the east coast of Far North Queensland. Here you will find the healthiest section of the Great Barrier Reef, mangroves and river systems that pattern the coastal region, rainforest, red dirt roads and rock art.
In many of the artists' work you can see how they use their detailed and graphic knowledge of the local flora, fauna and landscape and interpret it as an aesthetic pattern; using line, tone and texture to create expressionistic and abstract works that convey the character and sense of their country, with an elevated sense of mood and emotion.
What is remarkable about this exhibition is the diversity of styles, and yet the artworks always circle back to the identity of Sandbeach community; intertwining art and tradition as a cultural and personal expression from the artists own unique perspectives.
Our third level Collectors' Gallery has been transformed with the exciting, confident and vigorous art from Lockhart River - make sure you visit us and experience these exceptional works from the five superstars of Lockhart River.
The first solo show by artist Tony Sorby at Kate Owen Gallery. An exquisite new body of work that express an intimate knowledge of Kamilaroi Country, gained from walking the journey tracks of his ancestors. Artworks will be on display in the charcoal gallery for the month of February.
Our 2017 exhibition schedule begins with an elite group of Indigenous Australian artists who inspired and defined what has become one of the most exciting art movements of the 20th Century and beyond.
The exhibition has a beautiful balance of works with strong iconography and incredible amount of mythological detail, as well as works that are extremely bold, free, expressive, abstract and experimental.
Make sure you visit the gallery in January to get up close and personal with some of the masters of Aboriginal art! Gallery open 10 - 6 every day
After travelling widely through Australia, artist Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty has returned to her home in Daly River. Returning to country has seen an amazing new surge of creative output, which will hang in the charcoal gallery for the month of November.
We have many large and powerful pieces of Aboriginal art, perfectly suited to corporations, foyers, board rooms and public areas (as well as those lucky homes with plenty of wall space!).
Kate Owen Gallery's highest goal is to see Aboriginal Artwork in as many homes and workplaces as possible, so that the respect for and interest in the Aboriginal people and culture that is engendered by such wonderful paintings, can be a continuing force for reconciliation and understanding.
A spectacular exhibition of new Aboriginal artworks by renowned Utopian artists including Gloria Petyarre, Barbara Weir, Polly Ngale, Jeannie Petyarre and Selina Teece Pwerle transforms the gallery with the freshness, light and colours of spring.
Following a season of welcome rain, the red deserts are flushed with green, and the wildflowers are blooming in Australia's usually dry centre.
In an exhibition celebrating this seasonal transformation, works by senior and emerging female Utopian artists express their Bush Plum, Bush Medicine and Wildflower Dreamings.
The works resonate with the profusion of colour that is their inspiration - a tantalising exhibition that will certainly put a spring in your step.
A diverse exhibition of contemporary Indigenous artworks inspired by ancient Dreamings and the Australian landscape. Incorporating artworks produced by emerging and highly regarded artists, the exhibition offers a fascinating mix of technique, story and approach.
A family group show; celebrating the three generations who have made a significant impact on the Indigenous art movement.
About Gabriella Possum:
When Gabriella was a little girl, her father and grandparents told her stories while sitting down, talking, singing and drawing in the sand in the middle of Australia's western desert.
The eldest daughter of one of the most famous Australian artists, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Gabriella began painting at an early age. Her undeniable talent, distinctive bold colour choices and exciting compositions were evident from the very beginning and saw her being awarded the coveted Alice Springs Art Award at the tender age of 16.
Since then, her work has been exhibited in the USA and throughout Europe. Her work is held in many major collections including the National Gallery of Australia and her art hangs alongside her father's work at Buckingham Palace, England. Her impressive list of achievements now includes the 2016 Vivid Sydney Festival, which last year over 1.7 million people attended.
I feel very honoured to be selected for such an important event which includes such an important Australian building.
"I hope they like my paintings, they have gone from sand to canvas and now to the opera house, it's a clever way to show many people our culture."
A KOG tribute exhibition to an artistic legend
Helen's ability to express her ideas and experiences, and to make her ancient Dreaming stories relevant to the daily lives of her community, have catapulted her to the forefront of the contemporary Indigenous art scene.
Less than a year after becoming a full time artist, Helen was honoured to receive the People's Choice Award at the prestigious 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her painting Tyemeny Liman's Wutinggi (Grandpa Harry's Canoe). She says of her grandfather "In his day he was the best canoe maker in his country. It's a sad story and a good story at the same time. It's the last canoe that he ever made." Helen's grandfather stopped making canoes when he heard that education would help his children. He left his country with a heavy heart and sent his children to school.
Helen's art can be multi-layered, complex and colourful, or it can be restrained, solemn and occasionally ominous. Each of her artworks is accompanied by a beautiful heartfelt story, which add another dimension to her work.
Artists from this special part of Australia have become some of the best-known and most collectible Indigenous Artists in Australia. Experience a rich, diverse and energetic selection of works in our third level collectors' gallery. Artists Include: Tommy Watson, Jimmy Baker, Maringka Baker, Teresa Baker, Patricia Baker Tunkin, Sylvia Ken, Elaine Woods, Bronwyn Jimmy, Venita Woods, Jorna Newberry, Janice Woods, Wipana Jimmy, Julie Woods, Katrina Pollard Nampitjinpa, Kay Baker, Anne Dixon Nangala & Angela Watson
For three weeks in September, visitors to Kate Owen Gallery will have the unique opportunity to learn more about Tarisse & Sarrita's art, culture and inspiration as they set up their studio in the gallery & answers all of your questions. Tarisse & Sarrita will be painting surrounded by their latest body of work, and exquisite collaboration pieces. The artist in residence program coincides with the launch of Kate Owen Gallery's latest exhibition 'The King Sisters'
An exquisite body of work by one of the all time great Aboriginal artists. Enjoy her strong, confident and immensely striking works in our third level collectors' gallery from 10 August to 5 September.
A celebration of the Indigenous Masters who have been finalists of the prestigious Wynne Prize, including Gloria Petyarre (winner 1999) and George Ward Tjungurrayi (winner 2004).
From a young boy living a traditional life, to the eve of his solo show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa has had an incredible life.
This month, Kate Owen Gallery is celebrating the career of Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, a leading Aboriginal painter and living legend of Papunya.
"when us old fellas pass away our history and stories will be in my paintings" - Jack Dale, 2007
Jack Dale has a special place in the hearts of the KOG Crew. Back in 2013 we were thrilled to showcase Jack's latest body of work, and it was with a heavy heart that we learnt it was to be his last.
In this special tribute exhibition, Neil McLeod - one of Australia's leading photographers and researchers of Aboriginal culture, and long time friend of Jack Dale - will be showcasing his personal collection of Jack Dale's artwork.
Until now, the closest the public could get to Neil McLeod's significant collection was through reproductions in his book Jack Dale Mengenen (2010). But for a limited time, visitors to Kate Owen Gallery will have the opportunity to view and purchase an artist who is known as one of the greats from the Kimberley.
Jack Dale's artwork is a window to a hidden past and a doorway to a greater understanding of Indigenous Australian culture and history, a fact that makes his artwork highly collectible. They are important historical and cultural documents, which could equally hang in a fine art gallery or a museum, where their anthropological value is outstanding.
These paintings raise your interest and beg to be talked about and considered. Despite the sometimes grim subject matter, there is an enchanting and buoyant spirit in his art, just as there was in this resilient man.
Last year we lost one of the most well known Australian Aboriginal artists, Dorothy Napangardi.
Experience Dorothy's captivating depictions of her country, as well as the work of her children, Sabrina and Julie Nangala
from little things, big things grow
the art & artists of papunya
From humble beginnings in the 1970's, the artists of Papunya are now known as the founders of the aboriginal art movement. Experience the art of the great Papunya masters and the artists who got their start in this humble settlement.
Artists from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation have become world famous for their gloriously bold, dynamic and colourful paintings. This recent body of work introduces some rising stars and celebrates 29 brilliant years of this 100% Aboriginal owned Art Centre.
A collection of glowing aboriginal artworks featuring the warm colours of the desert.
If you are interested in Australian history, both Indigenous and 'Whitefeller way', you will find this exhibition quite fascinating.
This show features the final body of work by the famous Aboriginal elder and artist Jack Dale, a man whose life straddled the two cultures in the early days of the Kimberley and Northern Territory.
Sadly Jack, born c.1920, passed away on Friday 9 February 2013 aged 93. He had been ill in recent years, following a series of strokes, and it was thought he would not paint again. So this exhibition was an important and a joyous one for him, and one he threw himself into by painting and telling his stories with great enthusiasm. Jack was overjoyed to pick up a brush again.
His subject matter is both the important Wandjina spirit ancestors (including their importance in Aboriginal life), and Jack's own memories of events of the day, particularly interactions between black and white.
These are fascinating and collectible works, with an extra added dimension of the stories behind the artworks written on the reverse of the paintings exactly as he told them - the two together affording a glimpse into Aboriginal life in the early part of the 20th Century. For more information about each artwork and to read the stories associated with the works, please click on the thumbnails below.
A collection of glowing aboriginal artworks featuring the warm colours of the desert. Many major artists such as George Hairbrush Tjungarrayi and Naata Nungurrayi are represented along with promising emerging artists such as Charmaine Pwerle and Jorna Newberry.
Paintings by the eighty-five year old legend Kudditji are hot property right now, both in Australia and internationally. Like his half sister Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kudditji (pronounced goo-beh-chee and called Goob), seems set to take his place as one of Australia's foremost indigenous artists.
Born around 1925, Kudditji Kngwarreye is the half brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. He had a traditional bush upbringing and worked as a stockman and mine worker for many years. He is also a traditional custodian of many important Dreamings, of the land and Men's Business ceremonial sites located in his country at Utopia Station, about 230 km north east of Alice Springs.
During his younger days Kudditji frequently took the young boys/men hunting emu in these lands, merging tradition with practice as part of their initiation as men. It is the land of this experience that he now paints his 'Emu Dreamings' and his 'My Country' works.
Kudditji has participated in many international exhibitions and is known for depictions of his Dreamings, particularly those related to the law of the Emu ancestors. When he began painting around 1986, he was encouraged to paint in the fashionable style of the time, executing works with detailed infill. Some years later he came to find his current style of abstract imagery, bold colour use and intuitive interplay with space and form. Initially this style was not welcomed by galleries and for a time he returned to his (then) more successful traditional style of work. However, the artist's voice was not to be denied for long, and he later resumed his exploration into the abstract and continues to follow his unique approach today.
Now Kudditji's Dreamings have profoundly evolved into extraordinary juxtaposed colour fields - startling in both composition and hue. Harsh or soft and often surprising to the Western eye, his painterly style maps out the creation, his country, and his traditional Dreamings. While his spatial, painterly compositions have a Rothko-esque quality to them, the work of this Anmatyerre elder from the Northern Territory is clearly a unique Australian voice.
His highly intuitive and gestural method of painting together with his vibrant, colour saturated spaces is groundbreaking in Aboriginal art, and although he is already well collected it is felt by many industry insiders that his work is poised for a major market leap.
Enjoy a glass of wine at the gallery this opening weekend, Saturday the 16th and Sunday 17th June. We are open from 10am to 6pm Wednesday - Monday, and Tuesdays by appointment only.
For the duration of this exhibition (until 30 June), we will be offering 20% off the listed price of Weir's exhibition works . Clients will have the option of purchasing at this extremely low price, or of donating all or part of the discount amount to our gallery's charity, 'Sugar in the Bush', to assist remote Indigenous people in the understanding and treatment of Diabetes. For more information about how this works, please visit our blog on this website.
Of course, the discounted price will not affect the artist, who has already received full payment for the works. A further 5% Resale Royalty will also be paid to the artist on any works sold.
Please note, web purchasers should email or telephone in order to secure the work and obtain the discounted prices.
Born in 1937 at Lake MacKay, Linda Syddick Napaltjarri (also Tjunkiya Wukula Napaltjarri) is a Pintupi speaker and was raised in the traditional way of life until she was approximately 8 or 9 years old. Her family settled at the Lutheran Mission at Haasts Bluff after walking out of the desert.
Linda's father was killed in a pay-back when she was approximately 18 month's old and she was then brought up by her step-father and acclaimed artist, Shorty Lankata Tjungurrayi. Prior to his passing away in 1985, he passed his dreamings on to Linda. From there, Linda was taught painting by two influential painters (and her uncles) Nosepeg Tjupurrula and Uta Uta Tjangala.
Having the meeting of two worlds in her life shows through her paintings which often incorporate the Tingari Dreamings and the Emu Men with the Christian influences of growing up at a Mission. The ancestral beings and Mimi spirits that are a part of the Creation story were the totem of Rintje Tjungurrayi as well as Shorty Langkata Tjungurrayi. These Tingari men went on extensive journeys giving instruction about the lore and law of the land.
Linda's country of the Lake MacKay district has been for thousands of years the meeting place of the Pintupi people. The area is very important to both male and female ceremonial sites. Many of Linda's figures appear front on and very much like the cave or rock paintings that can be found in these remote areas. Radiocarbon dating has shown these rock paintings to be at least fifteen thousand years old.
Please click on the image for some examples of the full show.
Kate Owen Gallery present a stunning array of works showcasing the sisters Judy Napangardi Watson, Dorothy Napangardi and Margaret Lewis Napangardi. From the outstation of Mt Doreen to the world stage of the international art market, each of the Napangardi sisters has cemented her place with a dynamic and instantly recognisable style.
kate owen gallery presents a glamorous all-pink exhibition
showcasing some of Australia's best-loved aboriginal artists!
A collection of glowing aboriginal artworks featuring the warm colours of the desert. Many major artists such as George Hairbrush Tjungarrayi and Minnie Pwerle are represented along with promising emerging artists such as Charmaine Pwerle and Esther Bruno.
at 83 years of age kudditji kngwarreye paints the powerful, abstract images of his country that hold collectors in thrall.
The full collection of artworks exhibited will be available closer to the exhibition opening.
opens thursday 23rd june 6-8pm.
level 3 gallery
Opening 6 - 8pm Thursday 10 February
680 Darling Street, Rozelle, Sydney
Jangala men rainmakers, sing up the rain, unleashing giant storms, lightning and floodwaters.
Join us to discover the quirky works of the Mwerre Anthurre artists Kukula McDonald, Bill Kenda and Adrian Robertson.
This year the Gallery continues its highly successful 'Art in the City' programme of exhibitions presenting the best in contemporary aboriginal art installed in foyers of some of the CBD's most prestigious buildings.
Kate Owen Gallery is proud to present "Gems from the Desert", in the foyer of Aurora Place. The exhibition continues this connection by featuring works by some of the most exciting and significant Indigenous artists in Australia today, including Judy Watson Napangardi, Minnie Pwerle, Kudditji Kngwarreye, Patrick Tjungurrayi, Ningura Naparulla, Walangkura Napanangka and Betty Mbitjana.
Free office trials are available on artworks for RBS tenants. For futher information please contact Matthew Dawson 0430 808 242.
'Gems in the Desert' showing:
Aurora Place 1st Nov - 28th November
88 Phillip St, CBD, Sydney
Please join us for opening drinks 4th November in the Aurora Place foyer. 5:30 - 7:30pm.
This spectacular exhibition of new Aboriginal artworks by renowned Utopian artists Polly Ngale, her sister Kathleen Ngale and daughter Bessie Pitjara transforms the gallery with the freshness, light and colours of spring.
From extra large corporate sized works, suspended in space, to ultra sleek panels awash with colour, the works in this exhibition are both affordable and uplifting.
The change of seasons has long inspired Polly Ngale, who is one of the most accomplished painters to come from Utopia in the past two decades. Colour is central to her landscapes; she explores it through layering her varied abstract dotting techniques to create an intruiging multi-dimensional effect.
Like her mother, Bessie Pitjara shares the Bush Plum and Wildflower Dreamings. A powerful emerging artist, Bessie is also strongly influenced by the seasons, and uses varied colour tones to create shimmering, vibrant effects on the canvas.
Kathleen Ngale is Polly's sister. She began her art career alongside her sister with batik in the late 1970s, then in the 1980s she moved on to acrylics, where her soft tonal hues create magic illusions of light and space. Her work has been exhibited around the globe and is featured frequently in Aboriginal art auctions.
Opening 6 - 8pm, Thursday 7th October
Top floor gallery, 680 Darling Street, Rozelle.
The exhibition will continue until October 31.
a mixed selection of contemporary indigenous art featuring exciting new acquisitions from some of our favourite artists.
This beautiful survey exhibition of works by senior Wangkatjungka women recalls their ancestral lands.
The Aboriginal art community of Wangkatjungka is located at the northern end of the Canning Stock route, 120 kms south east of Fitzroy Crossing, and 200 kms south west of Halls Creek. The Community formed over the years following establishment of the Canning Stock Route - an exodus of Aboriginal people followed it north from the Great Sandy Desert and beyond.
Wangkatjungka artist Biddee Baadjo, like Sally Gabori, is a senior woman artist whose art packs a powerful punch! Biddee paints memories of her country in sublime colour fusions and bursts of dramatic intensity. In sure control of her brush, her strong surface design has a sublime textural quality, where surprising, blending, colour fields shift with subtle alterations of the light. Biddee's linear designs recall the long sandhills of the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia, and trace the underground water sources so significant to her people. At the centre of almost all of Biddee's paintings is the iconic waterhole, around which 'the people's' all important stories revolve. Even though Biddee has lived in the East Kimberley region far from her Great Sandy Desert homelands for nearly 60 years, her memories run deep, and are expressed in these hauntingly beautiful works.
Fellow artist Nada Rawlins' family were custodians of southern stretches of the Wangkatjungka people's country. Her paintings too, feature still, iconic saltlakes, creek beds or water holes, which float suspended on a shifting sea of colour and light, created by Nada's soft dotting style of alternating hues. Her waterholes are bright blue, and often curiously surrounded by representations of salt, or 'living water' as the central piece to her work. For the patient viewer the depth and dimension of the works is slowly revealed in the ever-changing effects of colour and light. One of Nada's paintings is, deservingly, in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.
We welcome you to view this beautiful exhibition in our upstairs gallery throughout April until the 2nd of May. Web sales are also available and enquiries may be made through the website (www.kateowengallery.com) or by telephoning +612 95555283 or +614 00508050
(Australia: 02_95555283 or 0400508050)
An amazing collection of work by the late Lorna Fencer. Bold, beautiful and challenging, the works are like their creator: a unique talent on the indigenous art scene.
Lorna's works are contemporary in every sense and by any criterion of 'good art' they measure up effortlessly.
Please click on the image for some examples of the full show. Telephone and email enquiries are welcome.
Exhibition of Gloria's new work - most are big or medium leaf paintings.
Please click on the image for some examples of the full show. Telephone and email enquiries are welcome.
A beautifully curated selection of warm glowing indigenous art in vibrant reds, oranges and golden hues. Who needs a log fire with one of these in the room! This show opens at 12.00noon Saturday 5 July. Come and enjoy these gorgeous paintings with a hot chocolate with marshmallows in hand.
THE BEST OF GABRIELLA POSSUM4 June 2009 to 28 June 2009
Capitalising on her international success in 2008, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi storms ahead in this powerful show of new work - her first solo show in Sydney for two decades. Gabriella's paintings bring the Dreamings of her ancient heritage to the 21st century in an explosion of colour and traditional iconography.
Daughter of the famed artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Gabriella won the prestigious Alice Springs Award while still a student and is considered to be one of the most culturally important artists of her generation. Her works are now part of the permanent collection in the National Gallery of Australia.
2008 was a ground-breaking year for Gabriella: she took part in an art auction in Paris where her works reached record prices. Next she turned her attention to London where she was invited to paint a 20-metre mural depicting her custodial Grandmother's Country as the backdrop for Jamie Durie's display at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. The display won gold at the show, and later one of Gabriellas paintings was presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth II and is now hanging in the Royal Collection.
THE THREE KINGS7 May 2009 to 31 May 2009
Sarrita and Tarisse King, powerful artists in their own right, pay homage to their father, William Jungala King (1966 - 2007).
Works from all three artists are displayed in this powerful exhibition of earth, water and fire dreamings. Many of the paintings are large and suited to large homes or corporate settings, while some are tiny 30 x 30cm works. There are also interesting collaborative works by all three artists and by the two sisters together Sarrita and Tarisse. A number of multi panel pieces by the late William King Jungala are also on show. Shown below are some of the works in the show.
IKUNTJI ARTISTS2 April 2009 to 3 May 2009
This show from the Ikuntji Aboriginal Community Art Centre features the colourful and exciting works of this remote community. From the colourful hills and saltlakes of Molly Jugadai (pictured) and her wonderful naive works, to the hairstring and other story paintings by the increasingly successful Eunice Jack Napanangka, these works are a delight to experience. Many are extremely affordable and will bring light, colour and that indefinable 'wow factor' into any environment.
For more information and images of Ikuntji Arts Centre itself, please go to the Community Art Centres link on our home page.
SIZE MATTERS2 April 2009 to 3 May 2009
'Size Matters' is an exhibition of BIG paintings and BIG artists in our BIG new space on the third floor. Our launch is between 6 and 8pm on Thursday 2nd April, and the honours will be done by Susan McCulloch, highly respected author of 'McCulloch's - The Complete Guide to Aboriginal Art' and Mr Jamie Parker, Mayor of Leichhardt Council. Here are a few of the beautiful paintings that will grace our walls - to see the rest, please come along and bring your art loving friends.
If you are unable to attend, we happily do web sales and send works to all over the world. And if you live locally, the show will continue until 3rd May, so you'll have plenty of time to visit.
Mitjili Napurrula16 October 2008 to 9 November 2008
MITJILI goes SOLO in this stylish exhibition of more than 25 of her works. Each painting is a testament to her bold and distinctive style, where she successfully combines traditional subject matter with a fresh and contemporary exuberance of colour. Her unique work seems made for modern interiors, and has enormous appeal to professional designers, home decorators, and fine art collectors alike. Mitjili comes from a family of painters, and began her career in 1993, initially pursuing the Papunya Tula style of painting before evolving her own highly distinctive style. She has subsequently developed a reputation as one of the most innovative of the contemporary Central Desert painters. Her work is characterized by a clarity of colour, strikingly original forms, and very defined linear patterning. Mitjili has exhibited extensively world wide and has works in many significant collections, the Art Gallery of NSW & the Australian National Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the 1999 Alice Prize at the Araluen Centre for the Arts in Alice Springs.
Aboriginal art by Gloria, Jeannie & Anna Petyarre bursts with dynamic colour, intricate patterns & bold design elements while at the same time expressing traditional Utopian women's dreamings.