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.
My Grandfather's Country
All the family down at the Finke River
Mission Days in Hermannsburg
Ntaria Urlpaiya (Hermannsburg River)
My Grandfather's Story
Tjilpi & Pampa - Senior Iwantja Artists: Alec Baker, Peter Mungkuri, Betty Muffler and Nellie Coulthard
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present this exhibition of new paintings by Iwantja Arts senior artists Alec Baker and Peter Mungkuri (‘Tjilpi’) and Betty Muffler and Nellie Coulthard (‘Pampa’).
Every mark is imbued with their personal lived experience and their deep connection to country and culture. Each artist’s distinct visual language reflects an unmistakably powerful presence of spirit and collectively their work speaks volumes about the interconnectedness of art, integrity, people and place.
These senior artists paint from their memories and their hearts, a connectedness to country.
TIGER YALTANGKI Malpa Wiru (Good Friends) 2019
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019
Sea Change: Tree Change: Changing Together
Sea Change: Tree Change is a play on the senior generation often changing lifestyles by moving to the sea or country, however now addressing the realisation that this privilege may not be available to their grandchildren and subsequent generations due to climate change, pollution and extinguished sea and land life.
“Changing together” as outlined recently by Sir David Attenborough at the UN Climate Change Summit in Poland is the theme for artists to show their world now and to make a statement to work towards what they can do to improve or change habits regarding climate change. Issues like drought and rising temperatures as contributors of climatic change has been ongoing since the industrial revolution worldwide, but for many Indigenous artists, the pollution of precious waters of the sea and desert inland country caused by migration and development has now reached a critical period in time. For instance, artists from Pormpuraaw in far north Queensland are devastated to find plastic in the stunning waters off the coast is now being eaten by turtles thinking it is a jelly fish and the twine from over fishing the waters eaten by larger fish.