CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - BEVERLY KNIGHT ART & BUSINESS
NAOMI HOBSON 2017
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present the sixth solo exhibition of Naomi Hobson, whose exciting art practice has seen her become one of Alcaston Gallery’s most sought after artists. Continually pushing the boundaries of her painting style, Hobson's work contains a growing confidence and maturity as a contemporary painter.
Naomi Hobson is a finalist in the 2017 Sunshine Coast Art Prize to be held at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland. In 2016 Naomi Hobson won The Alice Prize - Australia's National Prize for Contemporary Art. She was a finalist in the prestigious Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 2016, and the 33rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
The artist's work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Araluen Art Collection, Artbank and notable corporate and private collections.
BILLY BENN PERRURLE: WALKING HIS COUNTRY
Alcaston Gallery is proud to present a collection of paintings by the renowned landscape artist Billy Benn Perrurle (1943 - 2012). Painted in 2007 and 2008, the exquisitely realised paintings sing with jewel-like colours and satisfying compositions, representing the artist's practice at his finest.
Presented in conjunction with Bindi, Mwerre Anthurre Artists, Alice Springs.
NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI: PROGRESSION 2017
"The art which Nonŋgirrŋa makes is not time dependent. It is not a reaction to a fashion or a moment. It is as it would have been in millennia past. Independent of the Western narrative of progress. And yet it is contemporary both because it is made now but also because it is absorbed by the society which exists now. People get this. Although they cannot speak Yolŋu matha or visit remote Arnhem land or fathom Indigenous spirituality. And her art changes through time and shifts into new medium and brings new vision. All whilst charting the Yolŋu cosmology obsessed with the spirit’s progression through a cyclical never ending journey- from the flesh to the water and back again. "
- Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, 2017
It is a great honour for Alcaston Gallery to present the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed artist Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. The artist's visual language is again extended in both composition and medium, with paintings on bark, board and aluminium.
Please contact Alcaston Gallery to preview Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. An article on the artist and her forthcoming exhibition is in the latest 20th anniversary edition of The Art Collector magazine.
Image: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Lightning and The Rock, 2017, Ochre on board, 192 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - ALCASTON GALLERY
Alcaston Gallery will be participating in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017. Exhibiting artists: Naomi Hobson, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Shirley Macnamara and Ceramicists/Stone carvers from Coen – Naomi Hobson, Don KullaKulla, Alfred Thompson, Cindy Thompson, Delma Rokeby and Josie KullaKulla, John Gunawarra.
Alcaston Gallery has a proud history participating in CIAF from inception , representing and supporting Queensland Indigenous artists both independent and in conjunction with Art Centres for nearly 30 years .
In CIAF2017 our focus is on Coen in central Cape York Peninsula with the Coral Sea to the east and the Aurukun wetlands to the west. Showcasing for the first time the emergence of talented ceramicists under the guidance of painter Naomi Hobson now one of Queensland’s best known artist will surprise and delight.
Alcaston Gallery will also exhibit paintings ,prints ceramics, sculpture and weavings from artists referencing land, culture, climate change and lifestyle – artists with a unique view and individuality- Director Beverly Knight says “art lovers trust our eye and know we share the importance for supporting artists and the pathway to a career. We encourage CIAF visitors to support the artists and their endeavours.
Gunbalanya Senior Men: Rare Work 1997 - 1999
Alcaston Gallery presents four rare and powerful works by three renowned senior Kunwinjku artists from Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory: Bardayal Lofty Nadjamerrek (c. 1926 - 2009), Peter Nabarlambarl (c. 1930 - 2001), and Billy Dullman (born c. 1944).
Rock art galleries, depicting ancestral dreamtime marks, symbols and stories, are scattered throughout escarpments in West Arnhem Land, and specifically Injalak Hill in the visually breath taking community of Gunbalanya. This provided the motivation and inspiration of many artists to paint.
The bark paintings of the Kunwinjku artists is typified by X-ray images of Ancestral figures, Mimi spirits and animals on a monochrome background, These depictions are considered to be life-like representations of animal species or Ancestral beings. Rarrk or fine cross-hatching has also been incorporated into Kunwinjku designs, especially the fine close knit rarrk of the Yirritja skin group.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire significant works on paper by these notable respected artists.
Image: Bardayal Lofty Nadjamerrek, Moon Man, 1999 (AK5238), Naturl ochres on paper, 117 x 91 cm framed.