BETTY MUFFLER, MARINGKA BURTON & NELLIE NGAMPA COULTHARD: Nganana Mukurikula Paintamilani – We Love to Paint!
BETTY MUFFLER MARINGKA BURTON
NELLIE NGAMPA COULTHARD
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present new paintings by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton and Nelllie Ngampa Coulthard in Nganana Mukurikula Paintamilani – We Love to Paint! This exhibition showcases the sublime paintings of three senior Anangu women, as they each incorporate their innate spiritual knowledge to depict their beloved country in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia.
Betty Muffler is a highly respected Pitjantjatjara/Yankunyjatjara artist and a revered Ngangkari, a traditional Anangu healer. Embracing a subtle monochromatic palette, Muffler creates sophisticated and dynamic compositions through luminous lines and motifs to depict sacred Anangu sites that are relevant to her Ngangkari spirit. Her brilliant collaborations with fellow Anangu artist and Ngangkari Maringka Burton are a continuation of this distinctive visual aesthetic that resonates with the evolving power of the Ngangkari traditions. In 2020-21, a selection of major works on paper by Betty Muffler together with Maringka Burton were on exhibition at TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Most recently Betty Muffler and Maringka Burton collaborated on two large-scale paintings for The National 2021: New Australian Art and these magnificent are currently on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney until 5 September 2021.
Nelllie Ngampa Coulthard is a Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara artist originally from the far eastern desert near Oodnadatta, who later moved to the community of Indulkana in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia.In her paintings entitled Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country with Acacia Wattle), Coulthard depicts her favourite native flora that surrounds her country with vibrant, luminescent colour and a distinctive and precise dotting technique.
CLAY•Ben McKeown•Karen Mills•Dean Smith
Clay comes from the earth; in its many forms, textures and colours, clay harnesses our world’s enigmatic power, energy, and secret life force.
With its affinity to earth and water, clay is an accumulated matrix of plant, animal, and mineral; wet or dry, white or coloured, this natural material has been used since ancient times in the form of ochre in sacred ceremonies and for medicinal purposes, as well as a strong, pliable matter for utilitarian functions such as building, cooking and creating practical ...
Beverly Burton • 2023
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Pitjantjatjara artist Beverly Burton’s second solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery.
The powerful and vibrant linear mark making of Beverly Burton's paintings is both characteristic to her artistic practice, as well as alluding to her important and influential family lineage including the work of her mother, artist and revered ngangkaṟi Naomi Kantjuriny, and her father, renowned senior artist and respected elder, the late Kunmanara (Hector) Burton.
Nellie Ngampa Coulthard •Inuntji – Blossom
… After the rain and before the summer starts, the landscape here changes colour with lots of wattle blossoms. My favourites trees are Tjuntala (Acacia Murrayana) with its beautiful yellow flowers…
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present this new series of paintings by celebrated contemporary Australian First Nations artist Nellie Ngampa Coulthard in her fourth solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery.
Boasting her signature palette of yellow, orange, red, pink and creamy whites ...
Judy Holding •WOVEN: CONNECTED
Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Judy Holding’s new exhibition Woven: Connected, including watercolour on paper, casts and additive sculpture.
Holding’s visual vocabulary of symbolic forms conveys a profound connection to the landscapes of regional Victoria and Murrumburr Country in Kakadu, in the Northern Territory.
The painterly lens through which Holding depicts the landscapes of Murrumburr Country is shaped and informed by her connection with Murrumburr Senior Traditional Owner, Jessie ...
Barbara Mbitjana Moore • 2023
Alcaston Gallery is honoured to present significant new paintings by the esteemed Anmatyerre artist, Barbara Mbitjana Moore.
Rendered in sweeping arcs of vibrant colour Moore’s paintings are profoundly personal, uniting the Central Desert landscapes that define her. Meticulously recalled from memory, Moore paints the undulating landforms of Anmatyerre Country near Nturiya, north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the Country of her birth. Her vivid palette stems from the lands around Amata in South Australia, the ...