To a large degree this room was designed around Minnie Pwerle’s superb “Awelye” painting – just the way it should be!
Given the minimal colour palette of cream, white and burnt umber, with a splash of green and touch of red, the painting has a simple, yet striking beauty that draws you in to it’s movement and rhythm. The subject matter, Awelye, conveys the movement of the women’s breasts, as they perform their ceremonial dances. On closer inspection, you can almost see how the breasts are dancing in pairs, some left to right and others the reverse.
(This painting was the subject of an earlier blog which included progress photos of Minnie Pwerle creating it. Please be advised that blog contains images of a deceased Aboriginal person).
I have just spent time in Alice Springs with Kudditji Kngwarreye. An extraordinary visit, where I sat with him while he painted, singing his way through a beautiful vivid blue and white panel. Having loved Kudditji’s work since I was first introduced to it, it was a great honour to sit with him and to have the opportunity to tell him what his art means to me, how moved I am by it, how it physically grabs my soul – even thinking about it now, my heart rate quickens, there is a palpable energy that his paintings impart.
That same painting hung in Fanuli Furniture, Cremorne for only a few days before a client walked into the store and fell instantly in love with it – just the way it should be!
I have just received images of a stunning new painting by Haast Bluff artist Mitjili Napurrulla, who is currently painting for a colleague of mine in Alice Springs.
This particular piece showcases Mitjili’s very iconographic style, which is more pronounced when she restricts her palette to monotone colours such as black and white. She has been particularly careful applying the white stipple over the black paint work to create refined, elegant sybmols of her dreaming, Watiya Tjuta.
This painting measures 1980 × 2400mm and would make a very bold statement in a double void space or large blank wall.
A stunning work by Kudditji Kngwarreye hanging in the window at Macleay on Manning – one of Sydney’s most beautiful boutique retailers in Potts Point.
Commanding an entire wall of this eclectic elegant retailer, the painting, measuring 1500 × 2400mm, epitomizes how relevant and contemporary Aboriginal art is in the life of the city today.
On a recent visit to Alice Springs, Walpiri artist Judy Watson Napangardi arrived with her own stock of fresh bush tomatoes to eat. The bush tomato is one of the stories that Judy depicts in her paintings – see below.
Judy’s paintings are characterised by strong organic lines and circles and heavily textured overlays of sweet muted pastel tones or the more vibrant primary hues.
She also paints the stories of honey ants, digging sticks, snake vines and the hair-string belt, made famous by her contemporary Makinti Napanagka.She also paints the stories of honey ants, digging sticks, snake vines and the hair-string belt, made famous by her contemporary Makinti Napanagka.
Within the next couple of weeks I will be launching my new business artplacement.com.au (website coming soon)
Faced with the enviable problem of an abundance of beautiful Aboriginal art and not enough walls, our new business, artplacement.com.au caters to Australian companies wishing to avail themselves of magnificent indigenous art, without huge capital expenditure. All the works are gallery quality, selected specifically for each space by our Interior Designer. Paintings are rotated on a regular basis or hung for longer rental periods – for a fraction of the price of purchasing art, companies get the pleasure and stimulation of living with beautiful art and the actual rental is tax deductible. Watch this space!
The image above shows how Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s expansive Fire Dreaming, measuring 1500 x 2000mm, can transform a space from being a typical partitioned office lay-out, into an energetic, vibrant working environment. In the adjacent foyer area, Emily Pwerle’s Awelye or Body Paint hangs above the public seating area, creating an immediately welcoming ambiance for visitors and staff alike.
Until the site is up and running, please contact me via my blog to discuss how artplacement can help you with your art rental needs. If your company is based in Sydney, we offer clients a complimentary site visit by our Interior Designer as part of our service.