SUMMER STOCKROOM 2019
Welcome to our Summer Stockroom where we present online a hand-picked selection of outstanding artworks from the extensive Alcaston Gallery stockroom. Artworks are available to purchase online and we invite you to explore our new 'View Artwork to Scale' function. Collection and delivery of artworks will be available from the 22 January 2019.
From Beverly and Anthony Knight and all the staff at Alcaston Gallery, we wish a happy and safe holiday season.
Alcaston Gallery will be closed from the 21 December 2018, re-opening 6 February 2019.
Tjilpi & Pampa - Senior Iwantja Artists: Alec Baker, Peter Mungkuri, Betty Muffler and Nellie Coulthard
Christmas Gifts 2018
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to offer a reduction of 10% -15%* off the marked prices in this catalogue of limited edition prints and works on paper from our stockroom throughout December 2018 for our annual Christmas Gifts exhibition.
Art as a gift will support the Arts, the artist and their families, and gives a lifelong memory. These special artworks offer affordable and collectable gifts to someone special or a well-earned treat for yourself!
Alcaston Gallery is pleased to offer free gift wrapping and competitive delivery options for works sent interstate. For purchases for the office or business, the GST is claimable and also a tax deduction (please seek your accounts advice). Your purchase will help our artists and their families to have a happy Christmas this year.
On behalf of Alcaston Gallery's artists, we would like thank all of our clients for their continued support throughout 2018; and from Beverly and Anthony Knight and all the Alcaston Gallery staff, we wish you all safe and happy festive season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!
Alcaston Gallery closes for the year on Friday 21 December 2018 and the gallery will reopen on Wednesday 6 February 2019.
* Some exclusions apply. For further information please contact Alcaston Gallery staff on 03 9418 6444 or at
THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS 2019
The rich and vibrant spirit of Central Australia comes to life with these new ceramic vessels by THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS.
Hermannsburg is based at the remote foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The Hermannsburg Potters use their surrounding environment but also life lived and remembered as inspiration for their art. Animals and birds, both native and imagined, are thoughtfully depicted in their hand-crafted and underglaze ceramics, coupled with the innate humour and creativity of the artist.
This exhibition embraces new large shapes, styles, stories and Ntaria (Hermannsburg) history. The emerging artists under the guidance of the founding artists have excelled in mastering the process of the underglaze technique and working in clay. The dry river beds of the Finke River, Palm Valley and the tracks to far-away places where the Arrernte people have lived and worked over the generations allows us to view the family life of the artist in extensive detail.
Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters since their inception in 1990 and now regarded as master ceramicists, have been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission in 2015-16 for the National Gallery of Victoria, Our Land is Alive at NGV Australia set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.
Alcaston Gallery would like to thank Gabrielle Wallington, Manager, Hermannsburg Potters and all the artists for their constant support of our exhibitions especially in our 30th year.
NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI - BARATJALA: SEA SPRAY AND LIGHTNING STRIKE (BARKS AND LARRAKITJ)
Nonggirrnga Marawili is regarded as one of the most important artists working at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Her highly sophisticated bark paintings, Larrakitj, works on paper and prints reflect an engrained, natural understanding of her culture, history and environment. This new body of paintings includes ochre and pigment paint on paper with a striking use of pink for the first time in her long career, together with more traditional works of natural ochre and earth pigments, as she creates fluid, organic patterns that allude to her strong familial ties.
In creating this remarkable exhibition Nonggirrnga drew inspiration from Baratjala, a Madarrpa clan estate on the mainland adjacent to Cape Shield, Northern Territory. Despite living nomadically, the artist camped at Baratjala as a young girl with her father, a Madarrpa warrior, and his wives. Nonggirrnga felt a special connection to this place, returning to Baratjala after the creation of these paintings.
Some of the designs show the rock set in deep water between the electric ‘curse’ that the snake spits into the sky in the form of lightning, and the spray of the sea trying to shift the immovable rock foundation of the Madarrpa. Yurr’yunna is the word used to describe the rough waves overtopping the rock and the spray ﬂying into the sky. It is said that the serpents ‘spit’ lightning, or guykthun…These works show the sanctifying words being spat across the sky in lightning form. The lightning’s sacred power hits the sea spray rising from where it has just smashed into the rock. The energies captured in this painting are almost a match for those in the real life of a Top End Wet Season.
Nonggirrnga Marawili’s already extraordinary career reached new heights in 2017 with her work being featured in significant exhibitions including Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, Who’s Afraid of Colour at the National Gallery of Victoria and TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Her work features in important collections and major institutions in Australia and abroad including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo.
Nonggirrnga Marawilli will have a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, From my Heart and Mind 3 November 2018 – 24 February 2019 that will span the artist’s career with a focus on the last five years.
Alcaston Gallery would like to thank Will Stubbs, David Wickens and all the artists and staff at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, NT.