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.

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.

Vogue inspiration – Sally Gabori

Photographed literally out of the pages of a Vogue magazine, this article celebrates the life and artistic contribution of Ann Lewis AO, art collector, patron and gallerist, prior to her collection being dispersed or sold at auction. It was the extraordinary Sally Gabori’s that grabbed my eye – three spectacular pieces hung vertically across a red wall, in a relatively small room – real wow factor at work. Apparently Ann liked to rotate her artworks throughout her home every six weeks or so, with a major re-hang every three months – she felt that it kept her eye fresh and her spirit uplifted.

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).