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BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI WITH NGUPULYA PUMANI + TUPPY GOODWIN: Malaku Angkupai Antaraku: Always returning to Antara

31-Jan-2018 - 03-Mar-2018
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present a powerful exhibition of new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, alongside the work of her older sister Ngupulya Pumani, and their fellow senior cultural woman Tuppy Goodwin. 

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani was born in the bush to mother Kunmanara (Milatjari) Pumani and father Sam Pumani near Perentie Bore, thirty kilometres from Mimili Community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) of far north South Australia. Her grandparents on her mother’s side were King Everard (Nyapi) and Mantjangka Everard. Her father’s country is near Watarru and her mother’s country is Antara. Today Betty and her older sister Ngupulya Pumani are custodians of Antara and its associated Dreamings.

Recognised for her startling use of vibrant red, contrasting whites and intense cobalt blues within serpentine large-scale visionary compositions, Betty Pumani’s extraordinary rise in the Australian contemporary art world has been well recognised with successive wins of both the 2015 and 2016 General Painting Award of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Ngupulya Pumani is a senior Anangu woman who is committed to fostering traditional law and culture in her community. She began painting in 2009 with the Mimili Maku Arts Centre. Pumani is recognised for her deep cultural knowledge, portrayed with intricate detail and intense luminous palettes. In 2017 she was a finalist in the prestigious Wynne prize and her work is held in major collections throughout Australia and abroad.

Tuppy Goodwin’s colourful contemporary paintings depict her country with fluid brushstrokes, bold colour and textural detail. Goodwin is married to fellow Mimili artist Mumu Mike Williams, and her work is held in several major public and private collections.

The dynamic work of these three strong women has been brought together to create a bold and diverse exhibition of contemporary indigenous art from the APY lands, South Australia.

 

Image: Betty Pumani, Antara 2017 (AK21109) synthetic polymer paint on linen 197 x 197 cm

HERMANNSBURG POTTERS•Teaching Young Ones

29-Nov-2023 - 15-Dec-2023
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Alcaston Gallery is proud to present new ceramic works by the internationally acclaimed Hermannsburg Potters, Teaching the Young Ones, on exhibition at the Alcaston Gallery Exhibition Space – 84 William Street Naarm/ Melbourne from 29 November until 15 December 2023.

Through each exquisite ceramic work, the artists eloquently convey their connection to Country and community, unveiling the rich tapestry of contemporary life in Western Aranda Country in the Northern Territory, resulting in a ...

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani • Tjukurpa Mulapa Nyangatja - This Story Is Vital And True

05-Jul-2023 - 28-Jul-2023
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Alcaston Gallery is honoured to present an important exhibition of new paintings by highly respected artist and ngangkari, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Tjukurpa Mulapa Nyangatja - This Story Is Vital And True at the Alcaston Gallery Exhibition Space - 84 William Street Melbourne from 5 July – 28 July 2023.

Renowned for her visionary large-scale compositions and refined tonal palette, Pumani’s paintings conjure the granite hills, low scrub, sandplains, and waterholes of her ...

Adrian Jurra Tjungurrayi •Yunala Tjukurrpa

26-Jun-2024 - 12-Jul-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is proud to present Adrian Jurra Tjungurrayi’s first ever solo exhibition Yunala Tjukurrpa.

Tjungurrayi is an emerging contemporary Pintupi artist, whose paintings of meandering lines and geometric forms create compositions that oscillate on the canvas with visceral energy. 

Barbara Mbitjana Moore • 2023

18-Oct-2023 - 03-Nov-2023
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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 ...

Judy Holding •WOVEN: CONNECTED

08-Nov-2023 - 24-Nov-2023
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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 ...

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