YARITJI YOUNG: NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new paintings by Yaritji Young. The striking, contemporary works presented in this exhibition offer a representation of country, spirituality and a rich family history of revealed creative practices.
Yaritji Young’s dynamic and gestural painting style depicts country and stories relating to the Tjala or Honey Ants, an important creation story for the Pitjantjatjara people. Her vibrant compositions present a combination of bold, intuitive mark making and meticulous detail. Each vigorous brush stroke holds true to the larger than life action that created it. These saturated moments of colour are energised with line drawings that seem to dance across the canvas.
Yaritji Young comes from Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia. She is the eldest of the five Ken sisters who worked collaboratively with her on family canvases to great acclaim, winning the prestigious 2016 Wynne prize and the 2018 Adelaide Biennale commission.
In 2017 Yaritji Young featured in the Installation Contemporary program curated by Rachel Kent (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art) and Megan Robson (Assistant Curator) at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. She was also a finalist in the 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Alcaston Gallery presented the artist’s first solo exhibition in early 2017 to great acclaim, resulting in a successful sell-out show.
MICK WIKILYIRI: NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new paintings by senior Tjala artist Mick Wikilyiri. The striking, contemporary works presented in this exhibition offer a representation of country, spirituality and a rich family history of revealed creative practices.
The story of the Honey Ant is the impetus within Mick Wikilyiri’s painting practice. His landscapes are thoughtfully depicted through striking imagery, stylistic experimentation and intense colour. As a respected elder in his community, Mick Wikilyiri’s highly contemporary paintings are a celebration of Anangu culture, as well as a means to protect cultural ties for future generations.
Mick Wikilyiri grew up in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia, and worked as a stockman on cattle stations before establishing an artistic career. Wikilyiri was one of the first men to begin painting at Tjala Arts after a men’s painting room was established, and has since become one of Tjala Arts leading artists. In 2016, Mick Wikilyiri featured in the major exhibition Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars was the first major survey of exhibition of its kind, presenting over 100 artists from across the APY Lands. Alcaston Gallery presented a body of works on paper by Mick Wikilyiri and his wife Paniny Mick in 2017, alongside the first solo exhibition of their daughter Yaritji Young.
Mick Wikilyiri has been collected by many National institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Parliament House Collection, Canberra
And Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
WILLIE GUDABI & MOIMA WILLIE: STORIES FROM THE COX AND ROPER RIVERS - AN ARCHIVE SURVEY
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present an archive exhibition of rare, collaborative paintings by the late Willie Gudabi and his late wife Moima Willie. These extraordinary, vibrant paintings can be read as traditional maps, depicting elaborate stories about circumcision and mortuary ceremonies, love songs and animal law. Each composition is populated with events and iconography, usually involving several interwoven narratives, reminding us that time is a cultural concept. The past underlies and is within the present – all time is bound up into the eternal now of the Dreaming.
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