My People’s Dreaming

I have just read Max Dulumunmun Harrison’s book “My People’s Dreaming”.
Beautifully illustrated with photography by Peter McConchie, the book speaks about life, land, spirit and forgiveness. In a clear, concise and simple narrative the author describes concepts such as The Dreaming, songlines, the spirits, totems, skin names, ceremony and many more intricate aspects of Aboriginal lore.

Max takes the reader on a visual journey of his country in the Gulaga Mountains, near the Shoalhaven river, carefully describing the physical nature of his land and the emotional and spiritual impact it has on himself, his two grandsons who accompany us on the journey, and his people.

I really appreciated the intimate way that Max imparted his knowledge and throughout out the book, I had the sense that he was talking directly to me in the most personal and gentle manner. I hope you get the chance to read this book, as it has given me an insight which is invaluable in my understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Its all about Kudditji!

I have just spent time in Alice Springs with Kudditji Kngwarreye. An extraordinary visit, where I sat with him while he painted, singing his way through a beautiful vivid blue and white panel. Having loved Kudditji’s work since I was first introduced to it, it was a great honour to sit with him and to have the opportunity to tell him what his art means to me, how moved I am by it, how it physically grabs my soul – even thinking about it now, my heart rate quickens, there is a palpable energy that his paintings impart.

That same painting hung in Fanuli Furniture, Cremorne for only a few days before a client walked into the store and fell instantly in love with it – just the way it should be!

Mixing it up!

My client at Church Point recently purchased this beautiful painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye from me. It measures 700 × 1500mm, a little small to command an entire wall and too big to hang between doors or at the end of a corridor. After experimenting with a few spots, we found the perfect place at the top of the stairs – the dramatic impact of turning the corner and seeing it, spot lit from above, brings a really fresh energy to the space.

In a very clever twist, my client then hung other works along side the painting to create an entire gallery wall of diverse and interesting pieces, each one different but brought together by the common thread of the colour blue!!


Posted by Karen Lange on September 09, 2011
I have recently installed a number of Aboriginal paintings into the new display penthouse at Breakfast Point, on the banks of the Parramatta River in Sydney.
The latest development for Rose Group, the penthouse, part of the Verandah’s complex, was styled by my colleagues at Fanuli Furniture and I was asked to adorn the walls with beautiful contemporary Aboriginal Artworks.
Rather fittingly, Breakfast Point was named by Captain John Hunter in 1788 when he put ashore to make tea and have refreshments. On the same day, it is believed he experienced his first sighting of local Aboriginals on a neighbouring island.




I have just received images of a stunning new painting by Haast Bluff artist Mitjili Napurrulla, who is currently painting for a colleague of mine in Alice Springs.
This particular piece showcases Mitjili’s very iconographic style, which is more pronounced when she restricts her palette to monotone colours such as black and white. She has been particularly careful applying the white stipple over the black paint work to create refined, elegant sybmols of her dreaming, Watiya Tjuta.

This painting measures 1980 × 2400mm and would make a very bold statement in a double void space or large blank wall.


A stunning work by Kudditji Kngwarreye hanging in the window at Macleay on Manning – one of Sydney’s most beautiful boutique retailers in Potts Point.

Commanding an entire wall of this eclectic elegant retailer, the painting, measuring 1500 × 2400mm, epitomizes how relevant and contemporary Aboriginal art is in the life of the city today.


Being an Aboriginal art addict can mean that non-indigenous work does not always get a look in!!
However the moment I met “China Boy” a highly pixelated black and white photograph by nationally acclaimed photographer Michelle Aboud, I know that we were destined to be together.
“China Boy” is sixth in a limited edition series of six photos printed onto canvas. Measuring 1450 x1450mmm square (approx) he is a striking and fitting companion to the Aborignal works by Kudditji Kngwareyye, Minnie Pwerle, Dorothy Napangardi, Barney Campbell Tjakamarra and others, that adorn my walls.
However there is an ora of innocence and charm about this boy, achieved not just by capturing a single moment in time, but also by the pixelation process of bringing together thousands of different sized individual black dots to create a work of art. At close range, the photograph reminds me of one of Dorothy Napangardi’s paintings, yet when you squint slightly, it is a fully integrated black and white photo
of “China Boy”.
Having just read “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal, I would love to know more about this small child – where he is from, what is he looking at, what has captured his attention.

Betty Churcher – Notebooks


I am currently reading Betty Churcher’s book “Notebooks” a compilation of essays on her favourite atrworks, hanging in respective galleries throughout the world. Given that her eye sight was failing, Betty Churcher decided to sketch the key points of her favourite paintings so that they would make an indelible impression on her mind’s eye.
This book reminds me of experiences that I shared with my Year 8 art teacher Sue McBride, whom I credit for opening my eyes to a new way of looking at art and the world at large.
The act of relaxing into a painting and allowing it to take you on a journey, is one of the most seductive pleasures that I can image. By simultaneously looking at the work and reading Betty’s interpretation of it, the whole painting opens up in meaning and visual delight. Not all of Betty’s favourite paintings are mine, however her commentary enriches each one, making it more personal and an overall enjoyable experience.

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From the Land to the canvas

On a recent visit to Alice Springs, Walpiri artist Judy Watson Napangardi arrived with her own stock of fresh bush tomatoes to eat. The bush tomato is one of the stories that Judy depicts in her paintings – see below.
Judy’s paintings are characterised by strong organic lines and circles and heavily textured overlays of sweet muted pastel tones or the more vibrant primary hues.
She also paints the stories of honey ants, digging sticks, snake vines and the hair-string belt, made famous by her contemporary Makinti Napanagka.She also paints the stories of honey ants, digging sticks, snake vines and the hair-string belt, made famous by her contemporary Makinti Napanagka.

Textural harmony created using minimal palette

Fanuli Furniture, Cremorne, NSW showcase the work of Barney Campbell Tjakamarra in an exquisite manner by layering luxurious texture upon texture, to create 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.