This extraordinary Sally Gabori painting is the latest in my stable of works – measuring 1500 x 2000mm it is an amazing example of Sally’s bold unfettered approach to shape, colour and contrast. Now in her late 80’s, Sally continues to consolidate a new language in contemporary Aboriginal iconography – challenging abstract non indigenous art and yet finding her historical expression and motivation in the world’s oldest living culture
Sometimes its the smaller works that capture our hearts! The luminescence of Minnie Pwerles “Body Paint” 300 x 450mm, is as strong and striking as many larger paintings. You can really see the hand of the artist in small paintings, simple brush strokes, applied with spontaneity and confidence, working across the canvas while the paint is still wet – creating that beautiful mix of colour and blending from one tone to the next.
Sally Gabori has taken the art world by storm since her introduction to paint and canvas in 2005, and is one of the most highly regarded and sought after contemporary Australian artists.
Her work has recently been exhibited at the prestigious Melbourne Art Fair 2012, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2012 and the Korea International Art Fair 2012 (13 – 17 September). Awarded winner of the inaugural Gold Award for contemporary Australian painting earlier this year, Sally Gabori continues to receive accolades, having been named as finalist in both the Togart Contemporary Art Award 2012 and the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 2012.
This latest acquisition came via Tim Melville Gallery in Auckland and is a stunning example of Sally’s dynamic, dramatic depiction of her country. It is extraordinary how she achieves such drama with such a minimal palette and large blocks of colour. Gentle pinks sit next to acid yellow and big bold black and white.
Emily Pwerle Body Paint hanging at Orient House in Glebe – sitting pretty along side artifacts and Objet D’Art from China and Africa.
The Aboriginal art looks extraordinary amongst glorious furniture items and collectables from Africa, China,
Indonesia and the South Pacific. There is such a common thread between the tribal aesthetics of each region and the resonance of the art, which sits beautifully with it. Of course the magic styling ever present within the showroom, creates such surprising cameos of colour and texture, sure to excite!!
For the past six years, AboriginalArt Interiors has been working closely with Fanuli Furniture in Neutral Bay on Sydney’s Northshore, promoting gallery quality Aboriginal Artworks in conjunction with their beautiful classic timeless furniture.
Fanuli is a family owned Italian importer and manufacturer of furniture. With a diverse range of stunning modern, contemporary and traditional furniture on the floor, the aboriginal art sits beautifully with all styles and interior tastes and enables customers to clearly visualise how the art will look in their own homes. So many customers comment how invaluable this is when selecting both their furniture and their art.
Covering three vast floors, Fanuli’s showroom displays a broad selection of Aboriginal artworks by well established and emerging indigenous artists, in various styles, colours and sizes.
As part of my service to Fanuli I work with their design team, visiting customers in their homes, sourcing and selecting the ultimate Aboriginal Artwork to grace their homes.
Quite extraordinarily, this week I have sold two amazing paintings to clients in Asia – a beautiful black and white work by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is flying off to Singapore and another black and white dotted piece by Dorothy Napangardi is going to reside in Japan.
Don’t know if it is a co-incidence that both paintings are black and white, but it is thrill to know they will be ambassadors for ongoing awareness of this amazing Aboriginal Contemporary Art Movement.
Art + Soul
Like many lovers of Aboriginal art, I was riveted by the ABC two-part program Art and Soul.
Congratulations to Hetti Perkins, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, for producing such an honest, personal insight into aspects of Aboriginal life and Aborignal Art and culture.
While walking through a sacred site with two senior elders, Hetti described the rather illusive concept of “Tjukurpa” – or Dreamtime.
“Tjukurpa is a very complex term. I understand it as a series of narratives or stories that describe the travels and deeds of ancestral beings who created the land, our people and our culture, and it is very much part of the present”.
I know so many people who watched and loved the program – some of them quite unconnected to Aboriginal art, but who now feel that they understand and appreciate it a bit more, as a result of the series. Hopefully there will be more to come.