Our limited edition etchings, created in collaboration with Michael Kempson and his students at Cicada Press, will be launched during the Online Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. The Digital Fair will be open to the public from 10am ACST on Friday, 6 August, through to 5pm ACST on Wednesday, 11 August 2021.
Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre is working with the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, and with artist Tom Nicholson, on a major project that tells the story of the Kuprilya pipeline. Albert Namatjira, in the early days of his painting life, before he met Rex Battarbee, made handmade Boomerangs and painted on them and did pokerwork on them. The boomerangs that Albert painted on told an important story of life at Hermannsburg. One of the most important of these boomerangs tells the story of the building of the pipeline from Kuprilya. This offers inspiration for our current project.
The artists travelled out to Kuprilya Spring recently to visit the site and share stories and memories of when they went to Kuprilya as children. We can't wait to share with you old and new stories, and Thank You Desart for your support!
Tarnanthi Exhibitions dates: 15 October 2021 to 30 January 2022, Art Gallery of South Australia.
Image above: Marcus Wheeler, Tom Nicholson, Marisa Maher, Selma Coulthard, Dellina Inkamala, Kathy Inkamala, Koren Wheatley and Gloria Mokertarinja - Sacred Rubbing Stone near Kuprilya Springs.
“I remember when the elders would rub a sacred stone on a rock and sing for rain to come, not a lot of rain, now the rock is missing so maybe someone gave it away?” Hubert Pareroultja.
Hubert has been working on a massive new landscape painting titled Ghost Gums, Central Australia.
"I love exploring and painting Gumtrees. In this work I painted the area of Alice Springs, it represents the Dog Dreaming. Albert Namatjira used to paint a tree in front of Country or rocks that had secret/sacred meaning to avoid reveling these stories to an unauthorised audience. I use the same approach in my work."
Image above: Hubert Pareroultja, new work in progress, 180 x 224 cm, acrylics on canvas.
Now available on our website
To view our artworks, please visit our online gallery here.
Selma Coulthard - Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs) , NT
36 x 54cm watercolour on paper, $845
Kathy Inkamala - Glen Helen NT
29 x 99cm watercolour on paper, $1435, framed.
Mervyn Rubuntja - North of Alice Springs, NT
54 x 74 cm watercolour on paper $1280