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Makinti Napanagka shares Kudditji’s palette in the sunshine

Sometimes I tend to favour certain colourway when sourcing my artworks. Recently it must have been yellow! Not a colour that I live with normally, I can sense a palpable happiness when I look at both Kudditji’s yellow work and this amazing vibrant yellow and violet painting by Makinti Napanangka. Hanging at Fanuli’s Cremorne showroom, the painting measures 1400 x 2200mm and was painted in the final year of Makinti’s life. It continues to convey the high energy, and spirited approach to art that Makinti always expressed through her work.

Kudditji adds a little bit of sunshine, on a winters day

Renown for his bold, heavily painted works, Kudditji’s latest work at Fanuli’s showroom in Cremorne is a slightly out of his normal sphere. Using a reduced palette of three shades of yellow, he has thinned down his paint before applying it to the canvas, giving it a translucent, almost gossamer thin quality. The size of the work (1500 x 2000), coupled with the intensity of a single colour, make a really confident, sunny, contemporary statement.

Barbara Weir’s beautiful paired back elegance

 

This very beautiful work by Barbara Weir graces the entrance foyer of a home in Church Point, NSW.  Executed using a minimal palette of blue, white and lilac, the painting welcomes guests in to the home and acts as a pre-curser to the stunning water and bush views of the penninsular below.  An antique french chandelier, Persian rug and modern tin barrel stool complete the elegant, yet eclectic look.

Spring has sprung

Nothing quite says “Spring is in the air” like a beautiful piece of Aboriginal art, complimented by bright colourful soft furnishings. This delicious vignette displays a real confidence in the mixing of Gloria Petyarre’s soft fluid “Leaves Dreaming” with cushions in strong geometric black and white, yellow and chartreuse patterns. If only you could hear the sound of the ocean, lapping at the door!

You’ve just got to love it!

Whether you are buying a piece of art for the first time or adding to an existing collection of works, the most important criteria is that you are passionate about the painting.

A frequent question that I am asked as an art consultant is “How do you know what painting to buy?” The simple answer and the complicated answer is – “Buy it because you love it”. If you are buying art as an investment there will be other criteria such as growth potential, the investment potential of particular artists, long and short term growth prospects etc etc etc.

However, if you don’t have an affinity with the painting, if it dosent speak to you… and if you can’t establish a conversation with the painting, then why would you want it hanging around, every day in your life?

A painting, well placed, will augment a living space more than any other object. Once you have lived with one beautiful Aboriginal painting, it is highly likely that you will want to fill your entire home with them!

Be careful, that’s exactly what happened to me!

Textural harmony using minimal palette

Fanuli Furniture, Cremorne, NSW are currently showcasing the work of Barney Campbell Tjakamarra.

By layering luxurious texture upon texture Fanuli have created a sophisticated, elegant vignette of calmness. Indonesian inspired Ikat fabric cushions sit on a raw linen textured sofa, with the shot silk curtains bringing a spark of life and vitality, without disturbing the peace!

Barney Campbell Tjakamarra’s Tingari painting measures 1200 x 2000mm and has been beautifully executed in a monochromatic rich cream colour.

Revisiting glorious Gloria

Going through my photo library I came across this image which continues to rock my aesthetic world!

For some years now, Aboriginal Art Interiors and Orient House of Glebe NSW have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship – I hang my art on their walls and it truly compliments their range of wonderful African and Asian artifacts and furniture. This picture illustrates how tribal objects work so well together, wherever they originate from. Set against a deep tobacco coloured wall, “Leaves” by artist Gloria Petyarre, employing a minimal cream and white palette, compliments the raw boldness of an African mask and the aged patina of an antique chinese alter table.

Tribal amalgam

Orient House has put together an unlikely but beautiful cameo of Asian, African and Aboriginal tribal art in their Glebe showroom. Here Barney Campbell Tjakamarra’s soft white Tingari Dreaming sits behind pieces of antique Chinese blue and white porcelain, an African shell necklace and some South Sea Coral,

Show home becomes a showcase for beautiful artworks

artplacement recently provided five stunning Aboriginal paintings to a client, in preparation for the sale of his magnificent home on the outskirts of Sydney. The contemporary nature of the artworks sat beautifully with the elegant, classic homestead, style of the home.

Josie Petrick Kemarre’s large format pointillist “Bush Plum Dreaming” adorns the Dining Room wall. The painting explores the various stages of the bush plum’s development – from seedling to full blooming bush plum. Great symbolism is attached to the abundance of the bush plum harvest – a good crop denotes a fertile year for the community, with lots of babies being born.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s black and white Tingari Cycle brings a serenity and calmness to the Living Room, adjacent to the more vibrant energetic Dining Room. Both paintings work together in the space at large and anchor the eclectic mix of furnishings.

Kudditji Kngwarreye’s dramatic, colourful Mina Mina graces the double height void of the Entrance and stairway leading to the upstairs accommodation. The painting makes such an impact when viewed from either the ground floor or the first floor levels.

Bringing the great outdoor in!

When asked to provide Aboriginal artworks for my client’s beautiful contemporary home in Sydney, one of the biggest challenges was the scale of the space. Two large inter-connected, split level living zones flow out into a calm outdoor patio, the inside and the outside only separated by massive floor to ceiling glass sliding doors.

Gloria Petyarre’s large format work “Leaves”, delicately executed in three shades of green and yellow has extraordinary movement and is simultaneously calming and refreshing. Visually it is an immediate bridge between the inside and the outside, complimenting the parred back palette of the space.

During the day, the “Leaves” are lush and vibrant and in the evening you can loose yourself, entranced as their yellow tips dance across its generous proportions.