TIGER YALTANGKI Malpa Wiru (Good Friends) 2019
We are thrilled to present new paintings and limited edition prints by artist TIGER YALTANGKI
in his second solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery, Malpa Wiru (Good Friends).
With his bold, idiosyncratic style and vibrant use of colour, Tiger Yaltangki creates exciting artworks that allude to an avid appreciation for popular culture and an innate understanding of his country in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands, north-west of South Australia.
Yaltangki takes inspiration from his favourite science fiction films and television shows, such as The Mighty Boosh and Dr Who, as well as influential rock and roll bands like AC/DC in the creation of his Malpa Wiru (‘good friends’). These vivid characters come alive within striking abstract landscapes, together with imaginative depictions of Pitjantjatjara Mamu, cheeky supernatural spirits that derive from an inherited knowledge of his traditional culture.
KATHLEEN PADDOON Nakarra Nakarra 2019
We are thrilled to present new paintings by senior artist Kathleen Paddoon in her first solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery.
Kathleen Paddoon paints her mother’s country, Nakarra Nakarra using a vibrant colour palette and expressive brushstrokes to depict this significant country and Tjukurrpa (dreaming). Kathleen is a senior custodian of the Nakarra Nakarra Tjukurrpa (Seven Sisters’ Dreaming), including all of the associated ceremonies and songs from the country south of Yakka Yakka.
Nakarra Nakarra is a site of the Seven Sisters’ Dreaming, a story about seven Napaltjarri sisters who travelled this country during the Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime) running from an old Tjakamarra man who wanted to marry the youngest. Today at Nakarra Nakarra a group of hills embody the Seven Sisters, and this sublime body of work is a re-imagining of how Kathleen views this sacred country and Dreaming.
Having started painting in the late 1980s, Kathleen only emerged as a significant artist in the early 2000s, renowned for her rich depictions of Nakarra Nakarra and associated country. Kathleen is also a senior law woman and is one of the original sixteen elders who established Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre, an organisation committed to the revitalisation of women’s Law and culture.
It has been 15 years since Kathleen Paddoon’s first solo exhibition, and Alcaston Gallery is honoured to present a remarkable new body of work from this important senior artist.
JUDY HOLDING: VOICES FROM THE LAND I
Voices, past and present, calling from the landscape – the trees, the rocks, the birds – beckoning you to enter with respect and understanding – to listen to what is being said.
One of the formative influences on my method of working dates back to the late 1970’s when on my first visit to Arnhem Land I learned about the protocols that govern image making in rock art. Whilst it was forbidden to alter an image already on the rock face, it was quite acceptable for traditional custodians to paint their own images over an earlier painting. Over millennia this of course led to an incredibly rich collage of often fragmented, subtle image mark making that required long and careful viewing.
I have found that the only medium that can achieve this effect for me is watercolour; through its use I can build up an integrated work from the vastly different sources that interest me.
I see myself as a landscape painter particularly interested in the Australian Environment, particularly its History and its Birdlife. I draw on my own Field Diaries, and historical reference sources such as libraries, museums, and the oral histories of Traditional Owners.
- Judy Holding 2019
Judy Holding’s love of the Australian landscape is the inspiration behind her beautiful works on paper and sculptures. Since 1979, the artist has habitually travelled to the Northern Territory, especially to the monsoonal escarpment country of the Kakadu region, to observe and document indigenous ritual practices, spiritual beliefs and social structures.
Born in Bendigo in the central goldfields of Victoria, the landscape and bird life is entrenched in the artist’s third eye. This exhibition shows a lifetime of looking and imagining the land, listening to the voices that guide her; this includes acknowledging the beauty and the loss of the natural environment due to the ever-changing effects of climate change.