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.

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    Fabrianne Nampitjinpa’s Bush Damper explodes on the canvas!

Fabrianne Nampitjinpa’s Bush Damper explodes on the canvas!

The extraordinary delicacy of Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa’s “Wangunu” Bush Damper dreaming is seen in these working photos and final finished painting. Close up images capture just how painstakingly Fabrianne applies each individual dot onto the canvas, each time gauging its size and direction within the overall composition and all important “movement” of the piece. Note that the two tone effect is achieved by the amount of paint on the stick at any one time. Her choice of a monotone bright pink on the black canvas gives the painting a luminosity and sense of excitement and places it well and truly in the category of contemporary Aboriginal art. Working most days for up to 8 hours, the painting measuring 900 x 1500mm, took over three weeks for Fabrianne to complete.

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.

The perfect Tingari by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

When my colleague told me that Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was working with him, the timing was perfect for my new business to purchase a magnificent big black and white Tingari from the great man himself. The immaculate precision of this piece, painted specially at my request, will without a doubt, be a corner piece of the rental collection, as long as we can manoeuvre it’s 1900 x 1900mm frame into sometimes inaccessible client premises.

Please enjoy the progress shots, which I feel convey a real sense of calm and tranquility as Ronnie worked his way up and down the canvas.

Latest acquisition did not come quietly!

Not a huge piece, but really pulling a punch, is my latest Sally Gabori acquisition purchased from Dallas Gold’s gallery Raft Artspace in Alice Springs. Having sat on the floor in Dallas’s gallery pouring over vibrant, energetic, stunning pieces by Sally Gabori on a few occasions, this particular painting kept haunting me until I bought it.

For me it is Sally’s unabashed placement of colour, perfectly balanced by an adjudicating strip of white, somewhere in the composition. Measuring 1000 x 1500mm, I look forward to hanging it along side one of Sally’s other paintings 1500 x 2000mm in some confident client’s foyer or Boardroom!

Phyllis Thomas’s living art

Unlike most contemporary Aboriginal artists who use acrylic paint, Phyllis Thomas paints ochre on canvas.

Being a Kitja ochre artist, she paints Daiwal (Barramundi) Dreaming. In order to catch the fish, people throw leaves into the water to make the barramundi sleepy – they then rise to the surface and are easier to catch! The leaves turn the water a red colour – hence Phyllis has painted the scales of the fish using red ochre. The black canvas behind represents the women’s skin.

The image on the left shows the elder women of the Kitja community semi dressed and displaying the body paint of the Barramundi on the top half of their bodies, in anticipation of Women’s Business. I find the picture interested and yet somehow disturbing – did the women wear their bra’s to protect their own modesty or the sensibilities of the gathered crowd?

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).