Nothing quite says “Spring is in the air” like a beautiful piece of Aboriginal art, complimented by bright colourful soft furnishings. This delicious vignette displays a real confidence in the mixing of Gloria Petyarre’s soft fluid “Leaves Dreaming” with cushions in strong geometric black and white, yellow and chartreuse patterns. If only you could hear the sound of the ocean, lapping at the door!
I have just completed hanging a number of paintings into a client’s recently refurbished home. Everything looks very shiny and new, awaiting that unique patina that living gives it. The space will definitely mellow and soften with time.
Aboriginal Walpiri artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s bold black and white painting titled “Tingari”, 1500mm x 2000mm balances the strongly striped Robyn Cosgrove rug and compliments the charcoal patterns and textures of the couch cushions.
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).
My client at Church Point recently purchased this beautiful painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye from me. It measures 700 × 1500mm, a little small to command an entire wall and too big to hang between doors or at the end of a corridor. After experimenting with a few spots, we found the perfect place at the top of the stairs – the dramatic impact of turning the corner and seeing it, spot lit from above, brings a really fresh energy to the space.
In a very clever twist, my client then hung other works along side the painting to create an entire gallery wall of diverse and interesting pieces, each one different but brought together by the common thread of the colour blue!!
Posted by Karen Lange on September 09, 2011
I have recently installed a number of Aboriginal paintings into the new display penthouse at Breakfast Point, on the banks of the Parramatta River in Sydney.
The latest development for Rose Group, the penthouse, part of the Verandah’s complex, was styled by my colleagues at Fanuli Furniture and I was asked to adorn the walls with beautiful contemporary Aboriginal Artworks.
Rather fittingly, Breakfast Point was named by Captain John Hunter in 1788 when he put ashore to make tea and have refreshments. On the same day, it is believed he experienced his first sighting of local Aboriginals on a neighbouring island.
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.
Fanuli Furniture, Cremorne, NSW showcase the work of Barney Campbell Tjakamarra in an exquisite manner by layering luxurious texture upon texture, to create a sophisticated, elegant vignette of calmness.
Indonesian inspired Ikat fabric cushions sit on a raw linen textured sofa, with the shot silk curtains bringing a spark of life and vitality, without disturbing the peace!
Barney Campbell Tjakamarra’s Tingari painting measures 1200 x 2000mm and has been beautifully executed in a monochromatic rich cream colour.