ReDot Fine Art Gallery is extremely honoured to welcome back one of Australia’s most exciting Indigenous community art centres and one of the country’s most renowned living artists, in a double-header exhibition that celebrate the works and lives of the artists of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.
Following on from recent strongly-curated exhibitions and leveraging on a close-knitted working relationship with this progressive and exciting community art centre, these 2016 exhibitions will be a breath-taking body of over 50 works, ranging from acrylic on canvas, works on paper, etchings on tin, works on board and a sculpture in aluminium, completed by five senior women and one magical elder-lawman.
Mangkaja Arts has long been known for its ground breaking and innovative art works, setting trends and industry standards that many look up and aspire to. Likewise, this collection will be no exception. For the first time ever, we will showcase a body of over 27 works on board and tin, executed by Ngarralja Tommy May in what are reminiscent of early Papunya Tula boards. His creations are steeped in mark-making and cultural importance, based around soakage and waterhole sites sacred to this 81-year-old man who is now one of the oldest and most respected Indigenous figures in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Wurna Juwal - Walking up and down, always moving, from waterhole to soak marks a major milestone in Tommy’s work and stature, and his delicate stunning works have already received exciting and memorable reviews in Australia.
The remaining 28 works, collectively named Pinakarriluny Marnalunya Ngalimpakura Artists Jarlu Palu Wantinya (in dedication to our artists who have left us), brings together living and deceased female artists from this extraordinary community that has boasted some of the most important female Indigenous artists of the last quarter century. This is a collection of works by established artists Sonia Kurarra, Daisy Japulija, Tjigila Nada Rawlins and Lisa Uhl, paying homage to the recently departed doyenne of the art centre, Mrs. Snell.
This exhibition, curated over the last 18 months, also boasts a significant body of works on paper by Sonia Kurarra. We see a fresh and appealing mix of traditional and modern technique, blending all the skills and attributes that the public has come to expect of an artist at the forefront of the new modern contemporary Indigenous art movement, securing the position of this seminal art community.
The exhibitions begin on Wednesday 9th March and run until Saturday 23rd April 2016 and they are a must-see for anyone interested in following the on-going developments in Indigenous Art and an opportunity to better understand the work being produced by one of Australia’s finest community based Indigenous art projects.