Monthly Archives: September 2013

A lesson in minimalism

I have just completed hanging a number of paintings into a client’s recently refurbished home. Everything looks very shiny and new, awaiting that unique patina that living gives it. The space will definitely mellow and soften with time.

Aboriginal Walpiri artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s bold black and white painting titled “Tingari”, 1500mm x 2000mm balances the strongly striped Robyn Cosgrove rug and compliments the charcoal patterns and textures of the couch cushions.

Contemporary Aboriginal right at home

To a large degree this room was designed around Minnie Pwerle’s superb “Awelye” painting – just the way it should be!

Given the minimal colour palette of cream, white and burnt umber, with a splash of green and touch of red, the painting has a simple, yet striking beauty that draws you in to it’s movement and rhythm. The subject matter, Awelye, conveys the movement of the women’s breasts, as they perform their ceremonial dances. On closer inspection, you can almost see how the breasts are dancing in pairs, some left to right and others the reverse.

(This painting was the subject of an earlier blog which included progress photos of Minnie Pwerle creating it. Please be advised that blog contains images of a deceased Aboriginal person).