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All About Art - Annual Collectors Exhibition: Counterpoint•Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924 -2015)

22-Feb-2024 - 28-Mar-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is honoured to present two solo exhibitions in conjunction with the Estates of  Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924 - 2015) and Ginger Riley Munduwalawala (c.1936 – 2002).

Alcaston Gallery’s annual All About Art collectors’ exhibition will include significant paintings within the theme of our 2024 exhibition series Counterpoint. As Ginger Riley would often say, “the same but different”. Gabori and Riley are both remembered as two of Australia’s most influential and important contemporary artists. Masters of composition and colour, their practice was deeply transformative to the national and international perception and appreciation of the Australian landscape painting and Australian First Nations art – their oeuvre forever altering the Australian contemporary art scene.

 

While Gabori and Riley’s practices are distinct, the two artists show parallels in the way they saw, understood, and recalled their Country through paint, capturing the light and colour of far north Australia.

Both Gabori and Riley are saltwater people, from the coastal areas of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Gabori’s Country is south-east along the coast, at Bentinck Island in far-north Queensland, while Riley’s Country is Limmen Bight area and the Limmen Bight River in the Northern Territory of Australia. Gabori and Riley painted this coastal area of northern Australia in sweeping aerial depictions of Country, translated from their mind’s eye to canvas. They depict the Gulf of Carpentaria as it is seen and held in their mind - depictions of landscapes that cannot simply be captured en plein air but that are layered and complex recollections of place incorporating centuries of inherited knowledge.

Gabori and Riley each relished the acrylic medium and became renowned for their fearless embrace of intense, pure colour – azure and turquoise blues, oranges, pinks, greens, reds, yellows, and milky whites – and it is therefore no coincidence that both artists herald from the brilliant and dazzling sub-tropical light of far north Australia. They both seem to float enigmatically over their landscapes.

Gabori was noted for singing her paintings, and we are left wondering about her life on Bentinck Island before contact: the trauma she endured as a young woman being taken to another land and society, but never in doubt of the colour in her mind; her deep love of her small island home; her Kaiadilt family, including ancestors; or the sea in all its vast wonderment. As stated by writer and curator Judith Ryan AM, "Her canvases of ambitious space, broken colour and vigorous gesture startle the viewer into abandoning their preconceived notions of Aboriginal art... Gabori’s energetic brush had an aura all its own."1

Whilst Riley incorporates his Marra knowledge pictorially, including his totems such as the Ngak Ngak and Four Arches, his paintings, like Gabori, suggest something deeper from within, behind, beyond or in the absence of the visual surface. Riley’s are painted similarly to gujiga song cycles – continuous Marra stories in ceremony, moving forward, same but different. Never repeating an image but always the same!

Together Gabori and Riley’s paintings emphasize and clarify the unique beauty of the Gulf of Carpentaria of Australia  each a counterpoint to the other, they capture the colour, light and knowledge of the mind’s eye to canvas.

© The Estate of Sally Gabori, Courtesy Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2024

1. Judith Ryan AM, Senior Curator, Art Museums at the University of Melbourne 

2.From the essay: The Eye of the Dolphin: Sally Gabori and the Kaiadilt Vision, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2022, Professor Nicholas Evans, Page 13-32

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HERMANNSBURG POTTERS | AFL Footy in Aranda Country Award • 2024

08-May-2024 - 31-May-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present AFL Footy in Aranda Country Award, a jubilant exhibition of new ceramic artworks by the acclaimed

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani • Titutjara - Ongoing

05-Jun-2024 - 21-Jun-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is honoured to present Titutjara - Ongoing, a solo exhibition of significant paintings by revered artist and respected ngangkari (traditional healer), 

ARANDA COUNTRY•PAINTINGS ON PAPER | AN ARCHIVAL RELEASE BY THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS

08-May-2024 - 31-May-2024
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Alcaston Gallery presents a series of framed paintings on paper by Hermannsburg Potters that exemplify the diverse and exciting art of the Western Aranda people.

These paintings of flora, birds, bush tucker and landscapes of West Aranda Country in the Northern Territory give context and connection to iconic Ntaria/Hermannsburg art movements. Painted in 1995 by several of the emerging Hermannsburg Potters, this archival release from Alcaston Gallery celebrates Aranda Country and the renowned Hermannsburg School of artists founded by ...

ALCASTON GALLERY •EOFY 2023-24 INSTANT ASSET TAX WRITE-OFF

06-Jun-2024 - 30-Jun-2024
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This End of Financial Year for 2023-24, Alcaston Gallery presents a curated presentation of highly collectable artworks by leading contemporary Australian First Nations and New Zealand artists that business owners and art lovers can claim as an instant asset write-off with a limit of AUD $20,000.00 for the corporate and home office under the condition that payment for the artwork is received in full by end of financial year and ...

DJAKANGU YUNUPINGU • Djulpan - Heavenly Women

05-Apr-2024 - 03-May-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is honoured to present new paintings on bark, timber board and larrkitj poles by Yolngu artist Djakangu Yunupingu in her second solo exhibition Djulpan - Heavenly Women at the Alcaston Gallery Exhibition Space – 84 William Street Melbourne from 5 April – 3 May 2024.

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SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024

 

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SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024, 1 - 4PM

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