honey ant gallery in Sydney is heading overseas!
Posted 21 June 2012
After many wonderful years in Sydney I am relocating our 'Sydney' gallery overseas. Details to follow! My family and I depart our fair shores in July to facilitate a career opportunity for my husband, so whilst we will enjoy sharing Australia's spectacular Aboriginal art overseas, we will indeed look forward to our return to Sydney in a few years time.
Please note that our lovely Noosa gallery remains open without any change.
honey ant gallery returns to Glebe in May with "Desert Colours" (4th- 26th May)
Posted 14 March 2012
We are excited to announce our return to Glebe during the month of May!
honey ant gallery will exhibit in conjunction with 'Mulapa Aboriginal Art' at Ginkgo Gallery, located on St Johns Rd opposite our old gallery site.
We will present a fresh and vibrant collection of lovely works from the desert, with the exhibition titled "Desert Colours".
It will be wonderful to visit Glebe again and reconnect with our Glebe regulars!
Where & When:
"Desert Colours" at Ginkgo Gallery, 166 St Johns Rd, Glebe.
Opening night: Friday the 4th of May, 6-8pm. Exhibition concludes 26th of May.
Visit 10am - 6pm Tues- Fri, and 10am - 2pm Sat.
honey ant gallery comes to Yandina! (Feb - Apr)
Posted 23 January 2012
We warmly invite you to visit our Yandina gallery, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
For 3 months, commencing February, we will be showing some of the most significant works we have collected over our many years of desert travel and visits to art centres.
where. honey ant gallery, 11 Stevens St, Yandina, Qld.
dates. 11th Feb - 21st Apr 2012
open. Weds, Thurs & Fri 10am - 4pm. Sat 9am - 12 noon.
contact. Rae & Warren Walker on (07) 5455 4334 or e. firstname.lastname@example.org
above: honey ant gallery in Yandina (set in Yandina's historic post office)
Desert Trip 2011
Posted 9 December 2011
Our love of Aboriginal art is intertwined with our love of desert travel. Following are some sights and tales from Rae and Warren's latest adventure (Sep/ Oct):
Above: We left Noosa Heads on the 1st of September and headed west. We had an exciting trip planned and Birdsville was our first major stop. You know you have reached city limits when you see sights such as this! Clifton is west of Quilpie in Central Australia. They do not like dingoes here! We were heading to the Birdsville Races along with thousands of other travellers.
Above: We enjoyed the Yabbie Races in Windorah more than the races in Birdsville. This yabbie, number 7, is "Jack the Nipper", trained by Gay WaterCloset! He narrowly defeated "Mornay Boy" and "Frustration Crustacean" in race 6. He raised a lot of money for the Flying Doctor Service.
Above: It was a really fun night in Windorah as the yabbies were auctioned off for the races.
Above: There was still a lot of water in the wetlands between Birdsville and Bedourie.
Heaps of emu and water birds.
Above: This is the wonderful Eyre Creek. It flows south towards Birdsville and through the edge of the Simpson Desert.
It has often stopped us crossing the Simpson desert.
Above: This is a clay widow's cap. These were worn by aboriginal women in this area when their husband died. They were a show of respect during the mourning period. This time could last for six months or more.
We saw this one in the little museum in Boulia. There was a very old grave discovered in the area with many clay caps placed on top of it. He must have had many wives!
Above: Warren has found some emu bush tomatoes. These are small and very bitter and not collected by the aboriginal people.
The bush tomatoes that are popular with the people, grow on a similar bush but are larger and sweet.
Above: We were invited to stay in the tiny community of Bonya, on the Plenty H/way.
Here we met Georgina and her favourite food was echidna. We went out hunting one morning and I was relieved that we did not find one.
Above: Painting by the famous artist Naata Nungurrayi. She is one of the very few remaining speakers of the old Pintupi desert language.
Naata grew up in the western desert in a totally nomadic lifestyle not knowing that there were whitefellars now in control of her country. This painting now joins the 'Honey Ant Gallery' collection.
Above: After leaving Alice Springs, we camped the first night on the banks of the Finke River. This beautiful dingo had been cooling off in the water and was very relaxed with us there.
Above: A Finke River evening - perfect for a BBQ
Above: Near Haasts Bluff we saw this unusual mountain. Must be an old volcano with a side "pipe". Does anyone know the name of this formation? Normally it is covered with vegetation and not visible.
Above: We reached the community of Kintore. It is approx. 500 kms west of Alice. This the start of the Papunya Tula Artists territory. There is a big art centre here and we always call in to see who is painting. We source a lot of our work from Papunya Tula Artists.
Above: After leaving Kintore we took the Sandy Blight Road south through the desert. It is a magnificent drive with masses of wild flowers and some big sand dunes to cross. Did not see another vehicle for days.
Above: Imagine our surprise when we came across this giant stiletto shoe at the turn-off to the art community of Tjukurla W.A. Had to have a photo of this! We were told the shoe had been a prop in the making of the movie "Priscilla - Queen of the Desert"!
Above: Had a great time at Tjukurla as we were made welcome and given a place to stay. There was lots of great art works there - we acquired most of these.
Above: The ladies asked for photos. I have sent copies to them and they are thrilled and have put them on the wall of the art centre!
Above: Most communities have a sign to this effect. Car bonnets are handy for fences and wind breaks as well as signs.
Above: Camels are breeding up fast. A hugh cull is underway right now in Central Australia. The township of Docker River was recently invaded by hundreds of camel seeking water. They tear air conditioners off the walls of houses and attack water tanks and taps.
Above: The Sandy Blight Road is a beautiful drive from Kintore to meet the Great Central Road WA.
Above: He was a big boy!
Above: This is a Len Beadell road and here Warren is signing the visitors book.
Above & below: Country was blooming!
Above: The Spinifex people have fabulous signage on all their tracks. We drove all the way south on the Connie Sue Track, to the community of Tjuntjuntjarra, but could not stay as the whole community was in mourning over a sudden death in the community.
The Spinifex people painted a huge canvas representing their country, and delivered it in a 4WD to the WA Government House and asked for their land back. They were successful and now have 55,000 square kms of country, known as Spinifex Country.
Above: This is on the Ann Beadell Track heading east. Parts of the track are getting very overgrown and the bushes scratch the sides of the vehicle.
Above: Saw some very old spinifex. Spinifex grows from the centre out and the middle dies.
Above: We drove south from Vokes Corner and reached the northern section of the Nullarbor Plain.
These are the aboriginal Muckera Rockholes. Three round holes, about one meter deep, in the rock.
Water will collect here when it rains (which is not very often).
These rock holes were extremely important to the people of this area.
They were looked after to make sure they were clean and ready to store water.
Above: As we drove south the country became more flat and featureless. Saw hundreds of huge rabbit warrens.
Above: As we approached the ghost town of Cook (pop.4!) the railway line was blocked by a very long train. They stop here for a while and get water etc.
Above: The caretaker of Cook said we could camp at the old school house overnight.
There was plenty of water here and we did some hand washing as we would soon be back in civilisation.
Above: What a contrast! Blue water of the Great Australian Bight and dozens of whales!
These are the Right Whale and rest here in the warm current with their young before heading back to the cold southern waters.
Above: What a spectacular coastline - what a wonderful country we have to explore.
To get home now we drove the coastline of Eyre peninsular, S.A., headed to Adelaide, Canberra, and Sydney to see our family and then north to Noosa.
The trip took two months and we drove 9,500 kms. We did two tyres and had a great time.
Above: some of the paintings we acquired. These ones are from Papunya Tula Artists. All the new works can be viewed on our website.
Sydney Gallery - Announcement
Posted March 2011
We have some new and exciting plans for Honey Ant Gallery in Sydney.
At the end of April our Glebe gallery will close. We are evolving the online side of our business, and will look to re-open in a spacious site on Sydney's Northern Beaches (most likely in 2012).
Our beautiful Noosa home gallery will continue to operate as usual.
On a personal note I would like to say that the last 3 years (in the Glebe gallery), have been some of the most enriching and rewarding of my life. When I think of all the diverse and interesting people who have strolled into the gallery it fills me with great pride that each of you took the time to visit. It is even more pleasing to know that paintings from Honey Ant Gallery are hanging proudly on walls around the world, providing pleasure and with each one having a unique story to be told.
Our range of superb paintings, books & baskets are now on sale at remarkably low prices.
Judi and I would love to see you before we vacate Glebe.
'Papunya Tjupi' Visits Us!
Posted 17 Feb 2011
Honey Ant Gallery has close relationships with many wonderful art centres based in the Central Desert. One of these is Papunya Tjupi, and we were lucky to have a number of their talented artists visit us recently.
The main purpose of their Sydney visit was to attend a print making workshop. One of the reasons why art centres such as Papunya Tjupi are so vital is that they really invest in nurturing the skills and talents of their artists.
Whilst in the big smoke the artists also visited a few galleries, including our gallery which maintains an extensive range of wonderful Papunya Tjupi paintings. It was lovely to see the artists' eyes light up when they entered the gallery upon recognising their work. They seemed so proud – which they rightly should be as their work is fantastic!!
Doris Bush Nungarrayi showed off her wacky new pink hat- a recent Sydney purchase. Sydney shopping had evidently been a fun experience for them- as many of the ladies had new clothing acquisitions!
The artists also loved browsing through our range of wonderful books, and marvelled in locating relatives featured within the pages. Many of Papunya Tjupi’s current generation of artists descend from renowned senior artists who were involved in the very beginnings of the Central Desert art movement.
Papunya Tjupi Arts is a relatively new art centre (formed late 2007), located 240kms north west of Alice Springs, at the very famous settlement ‘Papunya’.
Papunya is the birthplace of the Western Desert Art movement (in the early 70’s) and as such is lucky in being a particularly culturally rich and vibrant area.
From top right: Maureen Poulson, Mary Roberts, Beyula Napanangka, Candy Nakamarra Nelson, Kasumi Ejiri (the very wonderful and dedicated Centre Manager), Doris Bush Nungarrayi (with "the" hat!), Tracy Allen and in front Alice Poulson and Lisa McLaren (of Honey Ant Gallery).
'Contemporary Aboriginal Art' - 3rd - 9th January 2011
Our Noosa gallery operates as a home gallery throughout the year. Visits are always welcome by appointment (t. 07 5455 4334).
However, for one week only, we will unveil some of our very best paintings at a special exhibition to be held at Netanya Resort on Hastings Street.
The exhibition includes works collected from Rae and Warren's extensive travels across Central Australia (a few of the paintings are pictured to the right & below). View the art and also hear the stories! (there are many to be told!!)
Netanya Noosa Resort, Hastings Street, Noosa.
Open 10am - 5pm each day.
Lorna Brown Napanangka, Papunya Tula Artists, 61 x 31cm.
Alec Baker, Iwantja Arts, 75 x 60cm.
Sadie Singer, Iwantja Arts, 75 x 60cm.
Patrick Tjungurrayi, Papunya Tula Artists, 61 x 31cm.
'Christmas Show 2010' - 3rd - 24th December
'tis the season already!
Share your Christmas joy in a very artistic fashion this year- with the gift of art!
Whatever your budget or taste in art, you are sure to find a memorable, long lasting present which will certainly stand out under the tree!
This lovely collection of affordable works features some exceptional paintings by artists from the community based art centres we support.
In addition to paintings, we also carry other ideal gifts including hand woven baskets, clap sticks, wool cushion covers and books. Gift certificates can also be arranged.
Please note: our Sydney gallery will remain open until Christmas Eve (for all the last minute shoppers!). We are then taking a short break, re-opening on the 19th of January 2011.
Sandra Turner Nampitjinpa, Watiyawanu Artists, 60 x 46cm.
Lorna Brown Napanangka, Papunya Tula Artists, 61 x 31cm
'Black & White' - 15th October until 20th November 2010.
This exhibition features works with the ultimate contrast of colour: Black & White!
What could be more timeless, contemporary and striking!?
The show incorporates paintings ranging from affordable to collectable.
Many different desert communities are represented so consequently there is a lovely variety of styles on display.
Many of the paintings have just been acquired, including this bold work by the late Minnie Pwerle (to the right).
Minnie Pwerle, Awelye- Body Paint Design, 120 x 90cm, #1337.
'Desert Best 2010' - September / October 2010.
Our very favourite paintings and artists will feature in this exhibition.
The show will highlight the diverse and exciting talent coming out of the desert.
Many of the desert communities will be represented- including Papunya Tula Artists, Watiyawanu Artists, Utopia and Papunya Tjupi.
The vast majority of the works are newly acquired.
Maureen Morgan Napaltjarri of Watiyawanu Artists, Sandhills, 150 x 90cm.
Barbara Weir from Utopia, Grass Seed Dreaming, 120 x 90cm.
Rae & Warren's Desert Encounters:
Posted 4 September 2010
Comments and photos sent from Rae and Warren as they continue their travels:
This was our view from our camp at Mornington Wilderness Reserve. We relaxed there for four days - reading , playing cards and canoeing in the beautiful Fitzroy River Gorge.
We spent an entire day canoeing along the Saint John Gorge. There were little beaches and plenty of swimming spots.
We saw masses of fish, birds but not one freshwater croc.
We saw huge galleries of Aboriginal art. These are Wandjina figures. They are responsible for the rain.
This "Bradshaw" art work is much older and the present Aboriginal people do not understand it. In many of the natural galleries that we explored there was Wandjina art over the top of the Bradshaw art. There are thousands of art sites in the Kimberley.
This was a very workable outdoor kitchen. We were camped right up on the coast of the Timor Sea outside of Kalumburu. Warren kept us supplied with fish - no swimming due to the resident two crocodiles.
The ground here is all white shells and shell-grit. We were here for the full moon and were amazed when that evening thousands of hermit crabs were walking about. It was difficult not to stand on one.
We hit the road early and were only on the road a few kms when we stopped for an Aboriginal man, his two wives and 8 children. They had slept beside the road as their car's battery had failed and he needed a tow.
We got them going and a bit further along we started to notice the erratic driving tracks of a large vehicle.
We were going in the same direction and noticed that the tracks were swerved all over the road. We decided that the driver was very tired or very drunk. We then saw the truck in question off the track deep in the soft sand. The driver was very drunk and had been stuck since 3am. He was ok for food and water and we took his bosses phone number to let him know where his driver and truck was.
We have crossed many rivers and creeks.
More amazing art near El Questro.
This is an ancient Boaboa tree. They are all over the Kimberley. This one is hollow inside and was used to lock prisoners up overnight on the long walk to Derby. This is on the back road to Wyndham. Nearby as we had lunch by the muddy King River we saw two big crocodiles glide past.
Warren in prison!
Posted 11 August 2010
Rae and Warren have now reached the Western Australian coastline. The trip across the desert was amazing- the sun behind them each morning enhanced the red colour of the sand, the ancient rocky outcrops and bright desert flowers. There has been a lot of rain, so many patches of track have been challenging - washed away and very rutted.
After leaving Alice Springs they passed through Glen Helen, Papunya, Mt Liebig, Kintore, Kiwirrkurra, Jupiter Well, Well 33, Punmu, Marble Bar and onto the 80 mile beach south of Broome. They did not see anyone between Kiwirrkurra and Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route- only camel!
Digging for honey ants with some of the artists from Mt Liebig (community art centre "Watiyawanu Artists").
Success! Honey ants are a real delicacy for Aboriginal people.
Warren and locals cooking up kangaroo tail. The smaller tails are the most popular.
Stuck in this dry creek bed! The back wheel was right down, and the sand was very wet and soft.
Camel by the track.
This is Jupiter Well, west of Kiwirrkura. Due to the great water supply the well is surrounded by some spectacular Desert Oaks. Great spot for camping and spending the night.
This sign says it all. These rough signs are typical of desert tracks. Most signs are done by travelers.
Beautiful colours in the rocks at Marble Bar, W.A. Early settlers thought this was marble (hence the community's name)- however it is Jasper, and shatters when cut.
Rae and Warren were so thrilled to reach 80 Mile Beach, W.A. Coast to coast trip is complete!!
Posted 24 July 2010
Rae and Warren (from our Noosa gallery) are currently traversing our beautiful continent.
Their 3 month journey commenced at the start of July, with the purpose being to cross Australia via desert tracks from Noosa (Qld) to Port Headland (Western Australia).
"As we have crossed the Simpson Desert seven times before we decided to follow the Darling River south and visit Lake Mungo National Park. We just passed through the Flinders Ranges and followed the old Ghan railway in South Australia to Alice Springs. So many breathtaking experiences and sights- all of which makes us feel more connected to our land and our indigenous forebearers."
- Rae & Warren.
Currently Rae and Warren are enjoying a few days of 'relative' luxury in Alice, after many weeks roughing it in their purpose built Troop Carrier.
They will soon leave Alice and head west via Papunya and Kintore until they meet the Canning Stock route. From there they will travel through Jigalong and Marble Bar to the Western Australian coast.
Here are a few snaps from their travels:
Ancient engravings on the walls of Chambers Gorge in the Northern Flinders Range - a very sacred place.
Their camp in the Chambers Gorge.
They followed the old Ghan Railway line along the Oodnadatta track SA . The train line follows an ancient Aboriginal trading route, linking water holes and springs.
The trains were run by steam and so water was essential. The old track is visible most of the way.
Lambert Centre- this structure marks the geographical centre of mainland Australia . It is located to the west of the Aboriginal community of Finke NT.
Beautiful flowers are springing up due to the prolonged wet season. This photo was taken on the track to Lambert Centre.
More pictures will be posted as Rae & Warren continue on their travels - so stay tuned.
'Papunya Tula Artists - Classics' - 9th July until 21st August 2010
We are very excited to share this beautiful selection of works by Papunya Tula Artists.
As the title of this exhibition suggests, these are 'Classic' artworks with a timeless quality. Hang them in your home and you will love them forever. In fact, the quality is such that you will love them more and more each day; and each day you will see new qualities in the work.
The high standard of work produced by this very famous art centre is unmistakable. Their powerful style has resulted in artists being represented in most public galleries, major museums, institutions and large collections.
Artists selected for the exhibition include Patrick Tjungurrayi, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Charlie Tjapangati, Lorna Brown Napanangka, Ningura Napurrula, Yalti Napangati, Matthew West Tjupurrula, Nanyuma Napangati, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Debra Nakamarra (artwork pictured below), Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra, Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa, Kutungka Napanangka, and others.
Debra Nakamarra, 91 x 61cm, #1291.
Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri
(posted June 2010)
"That Old Man" short documentary
We are very privledged and humbled to continue representation of the late artist, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri.
He was a magificient artist, and equally magificient man. His story is profiled in this short documentary titled "That Old Man". Executive producer Glenis Wilkins superbly captures the depth of Whiskey's traditional roots. It makes touching viewing for anyone interested in learning more about Bill Whiskey and Aboriginal culture in general.
'Utopia 2010' - 21st May until 26th June 2010 (Sydney)
This exhibition will showcase the breathtakingly beautiful work of artists from the desert region of Utopia.
Many consider artists from Utopia to be some of the best 'colourists' painting. Their subtle use of colour and design expertly reflects features of their desert homeland. Bush foods, traditional medicine, ceremonial designs and seasonal changes to country and plants are all key subjects of their paintings.
Utopia paintings are also wonderfully contemporary. Many make a 'strong statement' and are very bold, while others are subtle and calming.
Some of the artists on display include Barbara Weir, Natalie Pula Holmes, Queenie Lion Kemarre, Gladdy Kemarre, Dolly Petyarre Mills, and the 3 'sisters' Kathleen Kngale, Polly Kngale and Angeline Kngale (Pwerle).
As well as highly collectable pieces, there are over 100 affordable small paintings to view.
Barbara Weir, 60 x 45cm, #1281.
Kathleen Kngale, 180 x 120cm.
'Little Gems 2010' - 9th April - 8th May 2010
'Little Gems 2010' features a selection of exquisite small works to enjoy, or to give to loved-ones as gifts.
This lovely exhibition features new work by artists from various desert communities including Papunya Tula Artists and Utopia.
Pricing starts at $150 for superb 30 x 30cm works from Utopia (beautifully stretched).
Xavier Tjapanangka, untitled, Papunya Tula Artists, 61 x 55cm.
Miriam Napanangka, untitled, Papunya Tula Artists, 61 x 55cm.
'Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Central Australia 2010' - 30th April - 4th May (5 special days only!)
Our Noosa gallery will once again have some superb collectable works on show for a limited period of time at Netanya Noosa Resort.
This now regular and much enjoyed event will showcase a broad range of artists and central desert communities, including many new works sourced from Rae and Warren's most recent desert trip.
Opens Friday the 30th of April and concludes Tuesday the 4th of May.
Netanya Noosa Resort, 75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, from 10am until 5pm each day.
This exhibition also coincides with the "Noosa Food & Wine Festival" - so why not plan a trip and take in some superb art, food & wine!!
George Ward Tjungurrayi, 182 x 152cm, #482.
'Charlie Tjapangati and Wintjiya Napaltjarri of Papunya Tula Artists' - 6th Feb until 13th March
Our Sydney gallery is proud to present a superb collection of works by 2 iconic Papunya Tula Artists - Charlie Tjapangati and Wintjiya Napaltjarri.
Charlie was born c. 1949 out in the desert west of Kiwirrkura. In 1964 a N.T. welfare branch patrol, led by Jeremy Long, brought his family into the newly established community of Papunya. Soon after arriving in Papunya he completed his ceremonies of manhood and was married.
Having observed the older men painting, he began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1977.
Charlie's minimalist line painting style has made him one of the most popular and recognisable Western desert artists.
Wintjiya was born c. 1932 at Mulparingya, N.E. of Kintore. She first painted as one of a group of senior women who produced a striking set of murals on the walls of the Kintore Women's Centre in 1992 and then for the Haasts Bluff/ Women's Painting Camp in 1994, which produced a series of very large collaborative canvases of the group's shared Dreamings.
She was one of the first Kintore painting ladies, producing her first small canvases for Papunya Tula in 1996 and has exhibited regularly ever since.
Wintjiya paints Women's Dreamings for Mulparingya and other sites around Kintore to which she is ritually connected. Wintjiya's works are bold and rich in symbolism, making them striking additions to contemporary interiors.
Charlie and Wintjiya's paintings are now highly sought after by collectors worldwide. Be sure to drop by and experience this special show.
Charlie Tjapangati, Untitled 2007, 91 x 91cm.
Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Untitled 2007, 91 x 91cm.
'Papunya Tjupi' - 5 Nov until 24th Dec 2009
Honey Ant Gallery Sydney is proud to present a stunning selection of works from Papunya Tjupi Arts.
Papunya Tjupi Arts is a relatively new art centre (formed late 2007), located 240kms north west of Alice Springs, at the very famous settlement ‘Papunya’.
Papunya is the birthplace of the Western Desert Art movement (in the early 70’s) and as such is lucky in being a particularly culturally rich and vibrant area.
For many years the township in which it ‘all began’ has ironically lacked an art centre. Thankfully this is no longer the case.
Rae and Warren (Honey Ant Gallery Noosa), visited the art centre in August this year. The centre is housed in a converted old machinery shed – which is proving perfect for the artists judging from the quality of the art that is being produced there.
Rae and Warren slept in their converted 4WD, and had several very well mannered camp dogs for company throughout the night!
Judi Muller (Honey Ant Gallery Sydney), was also fortunate to visit the centre this year. She loved observing many of the talented artists working away, well supported by Kasumi and Simon, the very wonderful centre managers.
This spectacular collection of paintings recognises the superb talents of the centre’s many artists.
Artists represented in the exhibition include: Doris Bush Nungarrayi, Tilau Nangala, Candy Nakamarra, Narlie Nakamarra, Isobel Major Nampitjinpa, Evelyn Daniels Nangala, Ena Lane Napangarti, and many others.
Tilau Nangala, 122 x 91cm.
Martha Mcdonald Napaltjarri, 91 x 61cm.
Candy Nakamarra, 91 x 91cm.
Welcome Iwantja Arts
(posted October 2009)
We are very excited to commence representation of artists from the Iwantja Arts and Crafts Community.
Iwantja Community is mainly Yankunytjatjara people living on the eastern side of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands, 8 km from the Stuart Highway in the far north of South Australia, on a dusty rocky ridge called Indulkana.
Indulkana Arts Association started in the seventies. Initially used for secondary student's art lessons, the building used was so crowded at times that the teacher had to mark spots on the floor in the morning to make sure they all had room! Skills were learnt and the beginnings of a clear identity formed. People did traditional wood carving (punu), batik, patchwork, dying, painting and around the early eighties linoblock printing started. Over 100 prints and many drawings from that time are in the South Australian Museum. They are mainly monochrome using dreaming symbols. Later, artists had some connection with Studio One in Canberra and three women went there to work with their printers. Some multicoloured prints were developed then.
Iwantja Arts and Crafts moved into the Family Centre in January 1995. Since then Iwantja has gone from strength to strength on the basis of its strong cultural identity and impressive output.
Honey Ant Gallery Sydney, now offers a lovely range of paintings from Iwantja, some of which are pictured below:
Alec Baker, "Punu Trees", 91 x 91cm
Maringka Burton, "Tjukula Tjuta Punu Tjuta", 100 x 100cm.
"Collectable Works" - 18th July until 22nd August 2009.
Be mesmerised by spectacular works by senior, highly collectable artists.
The exhibition covers a broad range of styles, sourced from many different desert communities - including artists as diverse as Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Eubena Nampitjin, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa and Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri.
Other top artists on display include:
Wentja Napaltjarri Two
Nancy Ross Nungurrayi
Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, "Tingari", 152 x 122cm.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, "Punkilpirri:, 152 x 122cm.
"Papunya Tula Artists" - until 11th July 2009.
Powerful works by senior and emerging artists.
Honey Ant Gallery is proud to present a beautiful selection of works by Papunya Tula Artists.
The high standard of work produced by Papunya Tula Artists is unmistakable. Their powerful style has resulted in artists being represented in most public galleries, major museums, institutions and large collections.
Artists selected for the exhibition include Patrick Tjungurrayi, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Charlie Tjapangati, Lorna Brown Napanangka, Ningura Napurrula, Yalti Napangati, Matthew West Tjupurrula, Nanyuma Napangati, and many others.
Select exhibition works:
Patrick Tjungurrayi, Untitled 2007, 91 x 91cm.
Profile - Papunya Tula Artists
(posted June 2009)
The Papunya Tula Art Movement began in 1971 when a school teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, encouraged some of the men to paint a blank school wall. The murals sparked off tremendous interest in the community and soon many men started painting. In 1972 the artists successfully established their own company.
The company is entirely owned and directed by traditional Aboriginal people from theWestern Desert, predominantly of the Luritja/Pintupi language groups. It has 49 shareholders and now represents around 120 artists.
The company derives its name from Papunya, a settlement 240km north-west of Alice Springs.
Papunya settlement was established as an administrative centre by the government for the Aboriginal people who had moved in from the desert. Since then many Pintupi and Luritja people have moved back to their homelands and continue their strong ceremonial tie to the Land.
The company, initially based in the Papunya area, has met the challenges posed by the homelands movement in the last decade, and now extends its operations into Western Australia (covering an area which extends to 700km west of Alice Springs).
The Papunya Tula painting style derives directly from the artists' knowledge of traditional body and sand painting associated with ceremony. To portray these dreamtime creation stories for the public, has required the removal of sacred symbols and the careful monitoring of ancestral designs.
The aim of the company is to promote individual artists, provide economic development for the communities to which they belong, and assist in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.
See the "Papunya Tula Artists" exhibition at Honey Ant Gallery from the 30th of May until the 20th of June 2009.
"Little Gems" - 24 April - 16 May
This lovely exhibition features exquisite 'small' works from a variety of highly esteemed central desert communities, including:
Papunya Tula Artists, Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu), Utopia, Tangentyere Artists (Alice Springs Town Camps), Watiyawanu Artists (Mt. Liebig) and others.
As the exhibition title suggests, the works are all little, making them perfect for small wall spaces, and ideal as gifts.
Some works featured in the show...
Lena Pwerle from Utopia, Conkerberry, 30 x 30cm.
Eileen Bird from Utopia, Women's Ceremony, 30 x 30cm.
Nanyuma Napangati of Papunya Tula Artists, Untitled, 46 x 38cm.
Maureen Mulda of Tangentyere Artists, Town Camp Life, 30 x 30cm.
The exhibition also features works by artists from 'Tangentyere Artists', who specialise in paintings created by 400 artists, residents of 18 Alice Springs Town Camps. Town Camps are home to a dynamic population of 1600 Indigenous people; locals and visitors from a wide range of remote communities from across central Australia.
Maureen Mulda (above painting) paints ‘Town Camp Life’, which is a reflection of modern, day-to-day life in the town camps.
"Desert Colours" - 21 March - 18 April 2009
Experience the radiant colours of Australia's central desert, as boldly expressed by a superb selection of desert artists.
From a distance, the desert of Central Australia appears an inhospitable environment. The quality of light can be glaring and harsh, and the terrain rugged and unforgiving. But it's from this seemingly unpromising place that an explosion of colour and creativity has been springing for decades.
The colour of sunrise, sunset, flora and fauna, rugged terrain, sandhills, rock ledges, low lying scrub, the changing seasons - all constant sources of inspiration for Indigenous artists translating their ancient beliefs on to canvas.
The exhibition highlights the different and highly personal approaches to the use of colour by artists as diverse as Shorty Jangala Robertson (Yuendumu), Eubena Nampitjin (Balgo Hills) and Esther Giles (Patjarr) - to name but a few.
"Water Dreaming" 2005, Shorty Jangala Robertson.
"Yunpu" 2004, Bai Bai Napangarti.
"Utopia - Bush Plum & other Delicacies" - 6th to 28th February 2009.
Marvel at the unique talents of the (mostly) female artists of Utopia.
The Utopia artists are recognised for their subtle colour and sophisticated constructs that reflect the natural world of their desert homelands. Ceremonial designs, bush foods and traditional medicine, seasonal changes to plants and country are all represented in the complex elements that underlie the best of Utopia paintings.
See works by supreme colourists, the 3 sisters, Polly Ngal, Kathleen Ngal and Angelina Ngal; and younger talent such as Natalie Pula Holmes. Natalie's work is inspired by the semi-arid country in which she lives. The shimmering ochre coloured landscape and desert bird life was a source of inspiration for her current series of work. She achieves a unique effect by using the gutta instrument for the application of a veil of white over exhuberant bursts of colour which emerge from beneath.
Detail of painting by Natalie Pula Holmes (#768)
Series of 3 works by Kathleen Ngale, all approx 150 x 90cm.
Featured Artist - Shorty Jangala Robertson
Posted February 2009
Shorty Jangala Robertson was born in the 1930's at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north west of Yuendumu. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, older brother and extended Warlpiri family. They travelled vast distances across desert country, passing through Warlukurlangu, south west of Jila and Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu, visiting Jangalas, his skin brothers.
His childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Conniston Massacre of Aboriginal people and close to Jila, families were shot at Wantaparri. Shorty Jangala Robertson had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo 'to hide' from being shot. His father died at Mt Theo and then with his mother moved to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.
During World War II, the army took people from Yuendumu to the other Warlpiri settlement at Lajamanu. Shorty was taken and separated from his mother. However she came to get him on foot, and together they traveled hundreds of miles back to Chilla Well.
Drought food and medical supplies forced Shorty and his family back to Yuendumu from time to time. His working life was full of adventure and hard work for different enterprises in the Alice Springs/Yuendumu area. He finally settled at Yuendumu in 1967 after the Australian Citizen Referendum.
It is extraordinary in all his travels and jobs over his whole working life, that he escaped the burgeoning and flourishing Central Desert art movement of the 1970's and 1980's. Thus Shorty's paintings are fresh, vigorous and new. His use of colour to is extraordinary. This fledgling artist well in his 70's is an active member of Warlukurlangu Co-operative. He lives at Yuendumu with his wife and artist Lady Nungarrayi Robertson.
Honey Ant Gallery is proud to represent this esteemed artist. See our full range of works by Shorty by searching in our "paintings" page.
"Water Dreaming", 122 x 91cm, #207
Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri - Investment Piece
Posted 7th November 2008
Honey Ant Gallery is honoured to continue representation of the late, highly acclaimed artist, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri of the Mt Liebig community.
Currently available is a work of immense presence and scale. This painting measures 242 x 187cm and displays Bill's talent at its best. Like all his work it represents his 'Cockatoo Dreaming' story, relating to the creation of his country in between the Olgas and Ayers Rock. It features subtle white dotting (representing the Cockatoo's feathers), and vibrant blues and oranges - 2 of his favoured colours in his latest months.
As one of the great Aboriginal artists of all time, Bill is certainly deserving of his spot in this year "Top 50 Most Collectable Artists" list (as named by "Australian Art Collector" in the Jan 2009 issue).
"Rockholes near the Olgas", Ref # 494
Noosa Exhibition - "Songlines Noosa - 2009" - 3rd until 11th January, at Netanya Resort Hastings Street, Noosa Beach.
View a superb range of diverse works from various Central Desert communities.
Especially on show in this exhibition will be Polly Ngale of Utopia.
Currently amongst the most senior custodians of her country Arparra, in the heart of Utopia, 250 kms North East of Alice Springs, Poly Ngal shares with her sisters, Kathleen Ngal, and Angelina Ngal responsibility as keepers of its cultural knowledge. Now in her seventies, she belongs to the oldest living generation of Utopia women and ranks amongst the most accomplished painters who have worked there during the past 20 years. Like many others including Emily Kame Kngawarrye and Gloria Petyarre, Poly began her career in late 1979 creating images in Batik, prior to the introduction of painting on canvas in the late 1980s. Poly Ngal’s paintings often depict bright yellow seeds, a feast for emus, amongst the Bush Plums that grow in her country.
Detail of painting by Polly Ngale.
Newly acquired works from the late
Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri will be on display (#503).
Sydney Exhibition - "Papunya - My Country" 14 November until 20th December 2008.
This striking collection of works come from artists of the remote Central Desert communities of Papunya, Kintore and Kiwirrkura.
The pieces are rich in tradition and meaning, yet have an extremely contemporary feel at home with modern interiors. This is often due to the artists very minimalist representation of their ancestors and their associated journeys.
The works are typically graphic representations of ceremonial life, featuring designs and iconography previously reserved for such things as body painting, ground designs and adornment of sacred objects.
Wintjiya Napaltjarri (91 x 91cm, painted in 2004), will be one of the artists represented in the exhibition. She paints iconic designs associated with the travels of a group of women in the desert near Lake Mackay.
Posted 7th November 2008
Patrick Tjungurrayi has won the WA Indigenous Art Award with his monumental series of canvases depicting a scrub fire in his Gibson Desert homeland. “His three pictures as a group had a particularly strong presence and were really pushing the tradition he was working in. These are powerful, masterful, monumental works" said judge Djon Mundine.
Aged about 70, Tjungurrayi is a Pintupi speaker who divides his time between the remote WA settlements of Balgo and Kiwirrkura, which is 400km to the south of Balgo and 800km west of Alice Springs.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said he was very happy to win the award and would spend some of the $50,000 on a car for his son Raymond, who had helped him on his first trip to Perth.
“I am number one,” Tjungurrayi said. “I have to look after too many families so I will look after them with the rest of the money.”
Tjungurrayi has been one of Australia’s most collectable artists for the past five years.
Just back from Sourcing Trip!
Posted 2nd October 2008 -
Lisa and Rae have just returned from Central Australia, and have acquired exceptional new works from Papunya Tula Artists, Watiyawanu Artists and Utopia.
From Papunya Tula Artists: Ningura Napurrula, Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra, Charlie Tjapangati, Nanyuma Napangati, Andrew Spencer Tjapaltjarri, Irene Nangala, Josephine Napurrula, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri and more.
From Watiyawanu Artists: Lilly Kelly Napangardi, Maureen Morgan Napaltjarri, Topsey Peterson Nungala, Debbie Brown Napaltjarri, Janelle Eggley Napaltjarri and more.
From Utopia: Polly Kngale, Kathleen Kngale, Angelina Kngale, Gladdy Kemarre, Natalie Pula Holmes, Ruby Morton, and more.
Lisa and Rae also attended the annual Desert Mob exhibition which opened on the 28th of September at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs. The exhibition displays works from approximately 35 Aboriginal art centres in Central Australia.
In most communities, art centres provide the only source of self-generated income for Aboriginal people. They play an important role in the financial well being of the community but also provide an important platform for cultural maintenance and education.
Be sure to catch the exhibition if you are in Alice Springs. It continues until the 9th of November 2008.
Sydney Exhibition - "Watiyawanu Artists of Mt Liebig" 10 October - 1 November 2008.
Some of the most interesting Aboriginal art today is coming from the Mt Liebig community - 325kms west of Alice Springs in the heart of the Western Desert.
Well established artists represented in the exhibition will include Lilly Kelly Napangardi, Wentja Napaltjarri Two and Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri. Other artists on display, all producing fascinating work, include: Debbie Brown Napaltjarri (Peg Leg's granddaughter), Kathleen Whiskey (Bill Whiskey's daughter), Cederick Stevens Tjungarayi, the sisters Janelle Eggley Napaltjarri and Janetta Eggley Napaltjarri, Narputa Nangala and Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri.
Debbie Brown Napaltjarri, Peg Leg's Story, 150 x 121cm
Sydney Exhibition - "Rockholes" 8 August - 27 September 2008
The exhibition showcases a variety of artists from remote central and western desert Australia, including the highly acclaimed Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri from Watiyawanu Artists.
All works feature rockholes or water sources, and highlight their importance for traditional Aboriginal people, especially for those in the desert, where all life revolves around water.
In the above picture Warren is shown beside a gnamma hole in the Gibson Desert (W.A). Gnamma holes are one type of water source desert people rely on, and are formed over long periods of time through the gradual enlargement by chemical weathering of what is initially a small cup-sized depression. They act like a 'water-tank', ie. they are not spring fed.
Annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Congratulations to Makinti Napanangka from Kintore who has won the prestigious 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
One of the awards' two judges, renowned Queensland artist Judy Watson, said: "Makinti's painting sang across the space. It has an inner light, and outshines everything else."
Winners in other categories, from the total of 117 works, were Doreen Reid Nakamarra from WA for the General Painting Award, Terry Ngamandara Wilson from NT in the Bark Painting Award and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu from NT for her 3D work.