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Art into Asia

Quite extraordinarily, this week I have sold two amazing paintings to clients in Asia – a beautiful black and white work by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is flying off to Singapore and another black and white dotted piece by Dorothy Napangardi is going to reside in Japan.
Don’t know if it is a co-incidence that both paintings are black and white, but it is thrill to know they will be ambassadors for ongoing awareness of this amazing Aboriginal Contemporary Art Movement.

Art + Soul

Art + Soul
Like many lovers of Aboriginal art, I was riveted by the ABC two-part program Art and Soul.
Congratulations to Hetti Perkins, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, for producing such an honest, personal insight into aspects of Aboriginal life and Aborignal Art and culture.
While walking through a sacred site with two senior elders, Hetti described the rather illusive concept of “Tjukurpa” – or Dreamtime.
“Tjukurpa is a very complex term. I understand it as a series of narratives or stories that describe the travels and deeds of ancestral beings who created the land, our people and our culture, and it is very much part of the present”.
I know so many people who watched and loved the program – some of them quite unconnected to Aboriginal art, but who now feel that they understand and appreciate it a bit more, as a result of the series. Hopefully there will be more to come.

Modern Home magazine reflects beautiful artwork

Check out the September issue of Modern Home magazine, in which there is a 10 page article about my client Jane Kehoe’s beautiful home on Sydney’s Northern beaches.
Jane came to me looking for the prefect piece of Aboriginal Art to compliment her amazing view and very modern sleek home. Together we choose “Body Paint”, a lively and striking large square format painting by Utopia artist Molly Pwerle.
Measuring 1200 × 1200mm, the amazing clear blue and white crispness of this painting off-sets the parred back elegant of the room and the whole inside-outside balance.
In the Master bedroom, Molly’s sister Emily Pwerle’s body paint “Awelye” hangs next to the bed, in bold pinks purples and gold.

What I am reading

The latest book in my shelves is “How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art” – writings on Aboriginal contemporary art edited and introduced by Ian McLean. The book traces the slow and ambiguous way in which the Australian art world, perceived Aboriginal art and its eventual place in the contemporary Australian artscape – why it was not immediately accepted, why it was so difficult to catagorize, what its artistic merit was, why it was valued from an anthropological rather than an artistic viewpoint, its place in the evolution of post-moderism, and much more. The anthology is a fascinating collection of essays, bringing together many unspoken voices and differing opinions – I am thoroughly enjoying it.

ISBN 978-0-909952-37-2

 

YANNIMA TOMMY WATSON

I recently had the honor of meeting Yammina Tommy Watson at the launch of Marie Giessler’s book, “Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson” at Ariel Book Store in Sydney, 24 March 2011.
I was unaware that Tommy would be present at the book launch. As I entered the store, the first thing I saw was an array of amazing book covers, red orange yellow and white dots, so typical of Tommy’s bold vibrant, almost shocking paintings. Further into the store, on a platform, was a large recent work that Tommy had painted and there sitting in a wheelchair, was the man himself. Much smaller than his works suggest, Tommy had an amazing quiet demeanor, quite unfazed by the gathering buzz that was accumulating around him.
After a moving address and official launch of the book by Marie Giessler, I introduced myself to Tommy and thanked him for the remarkable impact that his art has had on me. I asked him not to stop painting because I truly believe that what he conveys in his art, is so pure and unadulterated by fashion or phase.
The head-line in the next morning’s paper was that Tommy will not paint for much longer – this tour was promoted as a swan-song, I certainly hope not.
The book is a beautiful coffee table explosion of Tommy Watson power and energy, not dissimilar to the small version published by Macmillan Mini Art Series last year.