BALGO - 2011

BALGO - 2011

A Collection of Fine Warlayirti Artists Art


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by THERESA NOWEE of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Tjurnu. [604/09] (Acrylic on Linen)

THERESA NOWEE

Tjurnu

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by LUCY YUKENBARRI of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Marpa. [71/93] (Acrylic on Canvas)

LUCY YUKENBARRI

Marpa

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by LUCY YUKENBARRI of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Mappa Rockhole. [177/95] (Acrylic on Canvas)

LUCY YUKENBARRI

Mappa Rockhole

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by LUCY YUKENBARRI of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Yanulli, in the Great Sandy Desert, W.A.. [267/95] (Acrylic on Canvas)

LUCY YUKENBARRI

Yanulli, in the Great Sandy Desert, W.A.

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SARAH DANIELS of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Minna Minna. [794/07] (Acrylic on Linen)

SARAH DANIELS

Minna Minna

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SARAH DANIELS of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Minna Minna. [987/07] (Acrylic on Linen)

SARAH DANIELS

Minna Minna

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by JIMMY TCHOOGA of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Tjukukalyu. [200/08] (Acrylic on Linen)

JIMMY TCHOOGA

Tjukukalyu

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BOXER MILNER of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Sturt Creek. [433/09] (Acrylic on Linen)

BOXER MILNER

Sturt Creek

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BOXER MILNER of Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). The title is Purkitji. [795/03] (Acrylic on Linen)

BOXER MILNER

Purkitji

02 Aug 2011

ReDot Fine Art Gallery is proud to present our annual show of the colourful works of the Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

Warlayirti Artists is located in Balgo, in the arid north east of Western Australia, between the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts. As a midpoint between Alice Springs and Broome, this remote community, originally known as Balgo Hills, was established as a Catholic mission in 1939. Its 400 inhabitants are mostly Kukatja speakers, but seven main languages can be found here, making it a rich cultural and religious area, steeped in history.

Warlayirti Artists represents more than 350 artists across three communities in the Kutjungka region. Some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists as well as a large number of promising young pretenders are producing bright pieces with deceiving simple compositions. These creations harbour complex stories of the landscape and cycles of life of the desert.

Warlayirti Artists was established in 1987 with the employment of an art-coordinator, following the success of the first exhibition of Balgo art titled, “Paintings from the Great Sandy Desert,” featured at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1986. However, the first public paintings by Balgo artists were banners completed in 1981 for the celebration of Father Piele’s Silver Jubilee. Following this, people began painting on canvas board through the Catholic run Wirrumanu Adult Education and Training Centre.

Since those humble beginnings the organisation has grown significantly and the artists represented by Warlayirti Artists have emerged as some of Australia’s leading contemporary indigenous artists. As a result Warlayirti Artists contributes significantly to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the Indigenous residents of the Kutjungka region. It is the only organisation in the region that offers indigenous people the opportunity to actively participate in the market economy.

Balgo artworks have gained a reputation for their boldness and vigor, commanding respect wherever they are exhibited. Artists like Eubena Nampitjin, Elizabeth Nyumi, Tjumpo Tjapanangka, Boxer Milner and Helicopter Tjungurrayi paved the way for the new generation of talents. Some have now departed but the success and future of the community has been firmly cemented by the emergence of these new stars such as Christine Yukenbarri, Theresa Nowee, Imelda Gugaman and Pauline Sunfly to name but a few, all ensuring that Warlayirti Artists will flourish into the new century.