Aboriginal Art from the Western Desert - Kintore and Kiwirrkura

These two Aboriginal settlements were originally established as outstations of Papunya. 

Many of the artists who had painted with the art teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, at Papunya then moved back to their own Pintupi homelands when these areas were established, creating another unique and wonderful area that is now known for it's own individual style of painting.

Aboriginal law men who had achieved the seniority to paint the Tingari Cycle now took their works to a whole new design level.  Complex patterns emerged that told the important and sacred story of the ancestral Tingari spirits

Walala and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri were probably the last of the desert men to emerge after living their entire lives in traditional way in the desert.  Both these men are now artists painting their Dreamtime journeys and country with acrylic paints on canvas.

Senior Aboriginal lawmen such at Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, George Tjungurrayi, (known as Hairbrush as if you saw his hair you'd understand why) and Charlie Tjungurrayi paint with a huge knowledge of their country and with deep spiritual conviction.  Their works are sought by collectors worldwide and hang alongside many of the famous European and Amercian artists.  Known for their very contemporary "look" they are based on stories thousands of years old.  Works below LHS, Walala, RHS, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

 

The Aboriginal women from Kintore and Kiwirrkura have also played an important role in the Aboriginal Art Movement, Nyruapayia Nampitjinpa, Naata Nungurrayi, Makinti Napangati and  Ningura Napurrula ,have left an indelible mark in the painting world.  LHS, Naata Nungurrayi and RHS Ningura Napurrula

 

Aboriginal Art from the Western Desert - Balgo

Many of the Aboriginal communities in the Western Desert now have a lot of famous painters in their midst

Balgo Hills is one of the most isolated Aboriginal settlements 300km from the nearest town of Halls Creek.  During the wet season this community can be cut off for many months and during the dry times its a hot arid region of the desert.

The colours of the landscape in this area reflect the impact that they've had on the desert artists;  the intense colour of the  hot orange-red sand contrasts with the  deep blue of the sky, the soft green of the spinifex covered sand-dunes harmonizes with the deep purple hues as the sun sets.  

Balgo was originally established as a Catholic mission in 1939 and became an "Aboriginal controlled" community in 1981.  Different from other Aboriginal communities such as Papunya, the children were not separated from their parents and their own language was not forbidden.  In 1981 an Adult Education Centre was established and 2 years later a bilingual Catholic school was created, because of these schools the painting community was able to start in ernest..

Many of the elders who came out of the desert to live at Balgo  became part of this emerging painting community.  Art from Balgo has it's own unique style.  Known for its strong vivid colours, extremely wild and flamboyant design, the Aboriginal artists of the Balgo region have had a profound effect on the centre and western desert art movement. 

Some of the artists to emerge from this region are Eubena Nampitjin whose works now are in the National Gallery of Victoria, Helicopter who got his name after a ride in a helicopter to hospital, Mick Gill, Sam Tjampitjin, Boxer Milner, Lucy Yukenbarri, John Mosquito, Sunfly, Bai Bai Napangarti

 

King sister's exhibition is still creating interest

Sarrita and Tarisse King's exhibition has created a huge interest, not only from the Aboriginal art buyers but also from the contemporary art buyers.

  A couple of paintings have already left the exhibition to take pride of place; one at a corporate office and another at a new home in Sydney.  The space left empty has been filled with more wonderful works that have been painted especially for this exhibition.

see artworks by Sarrita

see artworks by Tarisse

 

 

 

What is the significance of Tingari?

There are many paintings by senior Aboriginal lawman called Tingari,what does this mean?

In Aboriginal law, the Tingari are a group of ancestral spirit beings that bought the law and the culture to the people who live in the Desert area of Australia.

Usually on the painting you will see a series of linked concentric circles with connecting lines and in between those circles squares within squares.  These denote important ceremonial meeting places and camping sites where significant events such as male initiation ceremonies have taken place, these areas are deeply spiritual and have a lot of power. 

The sacred ceremonies and the epic journey's relating to the Tingari ancestors are a part of many of the song and dance cycles.  Most of the events surrounding the Tingari are extremely secret and only known to the initiated.  Artists such as Walala, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Thomas Tjapaltjarri  all paint Tingari Cycles, all are senior Aboriginal lawman and will in turn teach the next generation about this important aspect of Aboriginal law and culture. 

Whilst all these works are deeply significant and only those who have been initiated have the right to tell the story and depict these spiritual ancestors on canvas, we are still only told a small part of the story.  The full story is there on the canvas, but only those initiated would know where to find the secret areas.

Aboriginal Art at the Hilton Hotel, South Wharf

The exhibition featuring Aboriginal sisters, Tarisse and Saritta King

The exhibition opened to a very appreciate audience at the Hilton Hotel, South Wharf last Wednesday.  Both the artists were present to answer the many inquisitive questions, the main one which has always been asked as long as I've been involved with Aboriginal art is "How long does it take to paint this?". 

The attention to detail and the design of the works was outstanding, even the staff at the Hilton were extremely positive and said how much they loved the works in this exhibition.

Red Desert Dreamings Gallery were sponsored by both the Hilton Hotel and also Tellurian Wines and all the visitors were treated to brilliant wines from this Victorian vineyard, all handled expertly by the Hilton staff.

 

 

 

Aboriginal sisters, Tarisse and Saritta King and their "Country of Kings" exhibition

Opening night Wednesday 21st November, 2012 exhibition goes until Sunday 13th January, 2013

We are currently getting the paintings ready to be hung in the foyer at the Hilton for the exhibition opening on Wednesday.  As with all exhibitions there is always the final touches that have to be done, like the final few that need to be stretched, the spreadsheet with all the  painting details to be printed for opening night, the right lighting, enough  wires to hang the works etc etc....but saying all that, this exhibition is very exciting for many reasons...the artists, Saritta and Tarisse will be attending the opening and also doing some painting in the foyer for the first few days.

Both artists are also more than happy to speak about their works, the country that they are passionate about painting and the culture that is so important and the pivotal point for each and every painting done.  The opportunity to meet the artists and see them at work is something not to be missed.  Both Saritta and Tarisse are also willing to paint pieces on commission and are there to discuss all the options.

 This is going to be a truly amazing exhibition of works and one that will please every art lover.   Whilst it holds all the  traditions that the two sisters have been taught by their father, both artists have evolved as true contemporary artists of today and this is reflected in all their works.  The two sisters have collaborated on many of the "Our Country" works to produce huge pieces that would hang proudly in any boardroom, home or private gallery anywhere in the world. 

The other interesting aspect of this exhibition are a couple of paintings that the girls have collaborated with Aboriginal artist, Mitjili Napurrula.  Mitjili's bold, individual  designs of bushfood seeds and plants done in black and white form a startling contrast to the country that Saritta and Tarisse paint in their own detailed style.

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collaboration by Mitjili Napurrula, Tarisse King, Saritta King 

 

 

Finding puts Aborigines among art's avant garde

  • by: Michaela Boland, National arts writer
  • From: The Australian
  • June 18, 2012 12:00AM

 

 ROCK ART

 

The remote site in Arnhem Land where the fragment of charcoal rock art, dated to 28,000 years ago, was found is also home to 1000-year-old art on the ceiling of a rock shelter.

Source: The Australian

ARCHAEOLOGISTS at a remote site in southwest Arnhem Land have made a discovery establishing early Australian Aborigines as among the most advanced people in human evolution.

 

A team led by Bruno David from Monash University has found and firmly dated a fragment of charcoal rock art to 28,000 years ago.  This makes it the oldest painting so far proven by carbon-dating in Australia and among some of the earliest evidence of human painting.

 

The discovery was made last June but has been dated only recently by experts from New Zealand's University of Waikato radiocarbon laboratory.  The piece was discovered by Bryce Barker from the University of Southern Queensland. "The discovery shows Australian Aboriginal people were responsible for some of the earliest examples of rock art on the planet," Professor Barker said.

 

France's Chauvet caves were carbon dated to 35,000 years ago. They were known as the world's oldest confirmed rock art sites until last week, when drawings in Spain's El Castillo caves were dated to 40,800 years.

 

The Bradshaw figurative paintings found throughout the Kimberley are well known internationally, Professor Barker said. "The Bradshaws are often talked about as being the oldest rock art in Australia but the oldest firm date for them is 16,000-17,000 years taken from a wasp nest covering the art."  Professor Barker said he was confident the Arnhem Land rock art would come to be seen as significant as the French and Spanish sites.  "Now we've got this and we are sure we'll push the age back (of Australian rock art) in the future."  "It puts Aboriginal people up there as among the most advanced people in human evolution," he said. "Some of the earliest achievements by modern humans were happening in this country."

 

Some scientists have said that Australian rock art went back 45,000 years but Professor Barker said that date is unproven. He said this new discovery has been "unequivocally dated".  "Some rock art has previously been dated older than 28,000 but there are problems with it (those examples)," he said.

 

Professor Barker and his colleagues have outlined their reasons for asserting the superiority of this new discovery in the next edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science.

 

The charcoal rock art fragment was excavated by Professor Barker from the Nawarla Gabarnmang rock art site at the headwaters of the Katherine River in the Northern Territory last June. The piece of granite was 60cm underground. It wasn't until October, when Professor Barker re-examined it in the laboratory, that he realised its significance.

 

"Rock art is very difficult to date because it's not organic, it's painted with minerals," he said.

The use of charcoal meant scientists could establish the date of its execution by carbon dating.

The Nawarla Gabarnmang site is only accessible by helicopter but it is providing a rich picture of the region's history. In October 2010 the oldest ground-edge tool was discovered there, prompting scientists to reconsider when the technique of grinding to make tools sharp began.

Eye for art helps structural work

  • by: TRADING ROOM: AMOS AIKMAN
  • From: The Australian
  • November 01, 2012 12:00AM
  • pic Jake Nowakowski

 

 

Kevin Winward, at his Melbourne office, has been scouting for art in the Northern Territory as well as for engineering work for his company.

 

 

THE first thing you notice about Kevin Winward is his glasses. Smooth and black below and checkered above, they divide his face in a conspicuous portrayal of the artistic and technical sides of his personality that are also deeply ingrained in his life.

 

 

The structural engineer, who sells Aboriginal art and is a frequent traveller to the Northern Territory, is perhaps best known for his firm's role in masterminding the engineering side of Melbourne's dramatic Southern Cross Station.

 

With its wavy roof and flowing lines, the building resembles a shaken sheet, or perhaps the surface of a briefly angered pool.

 

"It was a very unique and challenging design to build, above an operating station," Winward says.  "There was a great deal of innovation in most aspects of the design, structurally and otherwise. And I guess the fact that the structure is so much a part of the architecture meant, for us, it was quite special."

 

When British firm Grimshaw Architects, which designed the station with Jackson Architecture of Melbourne, won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for the project, Winward was called on stage to share the glory, a moment he recalls fondly.

 

Winward, whose father was a carpenter, is executive chairman of engineering services firm Winward Structures, part of Winward Group. He began his first practice in 1981. He and a partner, Matt Bonacci, built a successful business, Bonacci Winward Group, with offices around the world.

 

He says he has always had a love of art, regarding buildings as "works of art in their own right", but gradually lost touch with that side of his life.

 

"After 20 years, I had worked myself out of the creative, design side of the business and into a more administrative role," Winward says.

 

"So, at the end of 1999, I decided to start again."

 

As the millennium ticked over, he began Melbourne-based Winward Structures, which started small but quickly began taking on significant jobs.

 

The firm has about 50 employees, offices in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, a partnership in London, and plans to expand.

 

Along with scouting for artworks in the NT, most recently in the Tiwi Islands, Winward is also sniffing out some engineering work for his company up north.

"We look for the jobs that are more difficult, more challenging," Winward says. "I've tried to make engineering a creative pursuit, rather than just calculations and science." 

 

Winward says the property industry, like many others, still suffers the after-effects of the global financial crisis.  "It's pretty tough at the moment," he says.   "Investments are limited and issues like the resources tax and the carbon tax add to the uncertainty."

 

In the past Winward Structures focused on commercial work, including high-profile projects such as ANZ's headquarters in Melbourne and Lang Walker's Collins Square, but recently it has expanded into the resources sector in an attempt to combat the downturn.

 

"In the commercial sector, everything has got to be very tight and efficient, whereas that hasn't always been the case in the resources sector," he says.  "But it's a changed world now. I think that gives us the opportunity to bring our skills and attitude from the commercial sector into the resources sector, and be very effective there."

 

Winward says one of the problems created by the downturn is cost-cutting leading to bad decisions.  "Hasty decisions at the margins of a project can actually lead to cost overruns that are enormous," he says. "I think the builders would say the same. Their margins have been driven so low that it makes for a potentially litigious building environment."

 

He predicts a slow recovery for most Australian property markets in the next couple of years.  "I think it's going to take a while to come back, but I think it's going to stabilise and rebuild."

Australian sporting legends contest Tiwi Ashes in fundraiser for local school

 Kevin Winward and THE WINWARD GROUP that he leads (comprising of Red Desert Dreamings Gallery and specialist engineering design consultancies Winward Structures and EarthScience Initiatives) has become actively involved with the Tiwi College at Pickertaramoor on Melville Island. 

Kevin’s latest trip to the Tiwi islands coincided with the 3rd Hayden Way Fishing Challenge and the Tiwi Ashes – both great experiences and effective in raising funds for the College.  Matthew Hayden and Guy Reynolds handed the College a cheque for $240,000 that was raised by their respective Foundations from a range of  activities to assist the ongoing operation and development of the College and its offerings to the Tiwi kids that it educates and cares for.

 

 Media Release

12 October 2012:

Cricketing greats Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer will go head to head on 22 October as they captain students from Tiwi College on Melville Island in a friendly cricket match to raise funds for the College.

(see Channel 9's coverage of the Tiwi Ashes)

The students will also be joined by former Australian fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz, former Wallaby Matthew Burke and former Kangaroo Wendell Sailor, as Hayden’s XI take on Langer’s XI in the ‘Tiwi Ashes’. 

The match is just one highlight of a day that includes festivities such as traditional Tiwi food, dancing, art and performances that aims to raise awareness of and funds for Tiwi College.  

Made possible by the Macquarie Group Foundation, The Hayden Way, Tiwi Islands Adventure Group and Red Dust Role Models, this is the third year that the Tiwi Ashes have been contested.  It is hoped that the match will raise in excess of $100,000 which will assist the Tiwi Education Board in further developing its agricultural education program, with an emphasis on sustainability, for students at Tiwi College.

The program will help to further broaden the opportunities available in the College community.  

Speaking ahead of the match, Matthew Hayden said: “Since the last Tiwi Ashes in 2011, the agricultural program has notched up a number of massive milestones.  The programs are fully established and embedded into the College’s curriculum. The $685,000 that has been raised to date has funded the transformation of bushland into an outdoor classroom complete with teaching facilities, a purpose built kitchen, a dam, and fertile farming land.  I couldn’t be more proud of the opportunities that the agricultural program will provide to students of the College.” 

  Tiwi College principal Ian Smith said: “Through the tremendous support of The Hayden Way and the Macquarie Group Foundation, we are committed to enriching the students’ learning experience by developing sought-after skills that will broaden the career paths available to them.  In addition, we are excited by the longer-term benefits that the agricultural program will bring to the broader Tiwi community.”       

  

ABOUT TIWI COLLEGE


Located at Pickertaramoor on Melville Island, the Tiwi College provides quality secondary education for all Tiwi young people.

The college is owned and operated by the Tiwi people through the Tiwi Education Board representing all Tiwi families and communities.  

With a philosophy of ’24-hour education’ , students are accommodated in family group homes and the curriculum combines classroom learning with sport, life skills, outdoor education and contributions to the life of the College.

  The agricultural program, which was established with the support of The Hayden Way and the Macquarie Group Foundation, is a part of the College’s aim to prepare young people with the skills and knowledge they need to participate fully in the future of the Tiwi people.  

In the past year, the College has more than doubled student numbers from 35 to 81 full-time students.  The College sustains attendance rates of more than 80 per cent and has achieved more than 90 per cent during the current year.  The College estimates that this is the highest attendance rate for an indigenous school in Australia.     

Tiwi Ashes, Melville Island

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czkNLqWrDPA&feature=youtu.be

Media Release

Australian sporting legends contest Tiwi Ashes in fundraiser for local school

12 October 2012: Cricketing greats Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer will go head to head on 22 October as they captain students from Tiwi College on Melville Island in a friendly cricket match to raise funds for the College

The students will also be joined by former Australian fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz, former Wallaby Matthew Burke and former Kangaroo Wendell Sailor, as Hayden’s XI take on Langer’s XI in the ‘Tiwi Ashes’. 

The match is just one highlight of a day that includes festivities such as traditional Tiwi food, dancing, art and performances that aims to raise awareness of and funds for Tiwi College.

Made possible by the Macquarie Group Foundation, The Hayden Way, Tiwi Islands Adventure Group and Red Dust Role Models, this is the third year that the Tiwi Ashes have been contested. It is hoped that the match will raise in excess of $100,000 which will assist the Tiwi Education Board in further developing its agricultural education program, with an emphasis on sustainability, for students at Tiwi College. The program will help to further broaden the opportunities available in the College community.

Speaking ahead of the match, Matthew Hayden said: “Since the last Tiwi Ashes in 2011, the agricultural program has notched up a number of massive milestones. The programs are fully established and embedded into the College’s curriculum. The $685,000 that has been raised to date has funded the transformation of bushland into an outdoor classroom complete with teaching facilities, a purpose built kitchen, a dam, and fertile farming land.   I couldn’t be more proud of the opportunities that the agricultural program will provide to students of the College.” 

 Tiwi College principal Ian Smith said: “Through the tremendous support of The Hayden Way and the Macquarie Group Foundation, we are committed to enriching the students’ learning experience by developing sought-after skills that will broaden the career paths available to them. In addition, we are excited by the longer-term benefits that the agricultural program will bring to the broader Tiwi community.”

 

About Tiwi College

Located at Pickertaramoor on Melville Island, the Tiwi College provides quality secondary education for all Tiwi young people. The college is owned and operated by the Tiwi people through the Tiwi Education Board representing all Tiwi families and communities.

With a philosophy of ’24-hour education’ , students are accommodated in family group homes and the curriculum combines classroom learning with sport, life skills, outdoor education and contributions to the life of the College.

The agricultural program, which was established with the support of The Hayden Way and the Macquarie Group Foundation, is a part of the College’s aim to prepare young people with the skills and knowledge they need to participate fully in the future of the Tiwi people.

In the past year, the College has more than doubled student numbers from 35 to 81 full-time students.   The College sustains attendance rates of more than 80 per cent and has achieved more than 90 per cent during the current year.  The College estimates that this is the highest attendance rate for an indigenous school in Australia.


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