Molly Pwerle’s country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre Alyawarr. She was born in approximately 1920 (no records exist) and has had little exposure to western culture. Molly’s extended family are all artists including her sister the late Minnie Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Aileen and Betty Mpetyane, who all encouraged Molly and her younger sisters Gayla and Emily Pwerle to paint with their famed sister Minnie. Minnie took a close and supportive role in the development of her younger sisters.
For Molly and her family, painting ‘Womens Ceremony’ is very important and this comes to fruition though the depiction of dance tracks. Dance tracks are marks made in the sand by women when they come together to perform their ceremonial dance.
Acrylic on Linen
125 X 200cm
Awelye Atnwengerrp - Womens Ceremony
Molly Paints ‘Awelye Atnwengerrp’ meaning ‘Womens Ceremony’ in her country. Her paintings are often characterised by long, straight lines which criss cross the canvas. She paints these lines in one direction, and at times overlays a second set of lines running in the opposite direction. The result of her work is a pattern which resembles loosely woven cloth.
Molly Napurrurla Tasman
Molly Tasman Napurrurla lives in Lajamunu and is a member of the Warlpiri language group. She began painting in 1986, producing works of mixed media painted on cardboard, and later using acrylics on canvas. Her art depicts dreaming stories associated with her surrounding country, such as seed, marsupial mouse, tree, snake and wallaby, and the style of her work is close in origin to the designs applied on bodies during womens rituals.
Napurrurla’s art has been featured in exhibitions all over Australia since 1992, and she was a finalist in the 2008 and 2011 Telstra Award. She has exhibited throughout Australia, the USA and France. Her work is held in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.
Bush Potato Dreaming
Acrylic on Canvas
180 X 150cm
Molly paints ‘Bush Potato Dreaming’, this dreaming tells about bush yam or potatoes. The trees are green all year round. When the flowers are on the tree the women know that the potatoes are ready to dig for. They are deep in the ground, sometimes more than 1 meter. The women gather them in the coolamons.
Shorty Jangala Robertson
Shorty Jangala Robertson was born at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north west of Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia - and passed away 28-09-2014. He was an active member of the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located at Yuendumu. His first solo exhibition at Alcaston gallery in 2003 was met with great artistic acclaim. Since then he has exhibited extensively, both throughout Australia and Internationally.
Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs NT
Artbank, Sydney NSW
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
Flinders University Art Museum, Melbourne VIC
Gordon Darling Foundation, Canberra ACT
Various Private Collections
Ngapa Jukurrpa - Puyurru
Acrylic on Canvas
152 X 122cm
Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru
The site depicted in this painting is puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the unusually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west, was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlan’ (brown falcon) and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage.
Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi
Born in 1967 at Mt Allan, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi is the Eldest daughter of renowned artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. She was taught to paint by her father at a very young age, and since her father passed away, the value of her works has increased dramatically. His influences are apparent in her work, yet she has formed a style of her own. In 1985 at the tender age of 16, Gabriella won the coveted Alice Springs Art Award while still a student at Yirara Lutheran College in Alice Springs. She is recognised as a culturally significant artist and her work has been exhibited in the USA and throughout Europe. Her work is in many major collections including the national Gallery of Australia.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
MAGNT Darwin NT
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA
Holmes A Court collection, Perth WA
Kelton Foundation Collection, Santa Monica USA
Winterthur Collection, Switzerland
Corrigan Collection, Sydney NSW
HRH Queen Elizabeth
Richard Branson Collection
Araluen Arts Centre NT
156 X 206cm
Synthetic Polymer Paints on Linen
This painting depicts Gabriella Possum’s Grandmothers country near Napperby, Northern Territory, Australia. This work is an abstract landscape depicting the natural resources available in the region. Women are shown gathering food, spinifex grass are featured throughout the landscape and sources of water are identified as concentric circles. Seated women with ceremonial body paint designs are depicted by the ‘U’ shapes throughout the work and bush fires are depicted. This painting provides an excellent overview of an important place to the artist and her ancestry that is abundant with food, vegetation and water.
Fiona appeared on the contemporary art scene in the late 1990s as part of ‘The Art Gang’ - first exhibiting her work in 1998. She had her first solo show in 2001 in Broome, Western Australia. Fiona’s work was featured in ‘Story Place - Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest’ at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2003. Fionas work has been widely exhibited in Australian galleries since winning her first art award in 2001. She has had 15 solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions, as well as being represented in many private and public collections.
Thomas Vroom Collection, Netherlands
National Gallery of Victoria
Department of Native Title Services
Cairns Regional Gallery QLD
Queensland University of Technology
Northern Territory University
Woolongong university Collection NSW
Day Out At Double Stone
162 X 102cm
Acrylic on Canvas
The Quinken figures found in Sandbeach rock art dominate Fionas art and reveals the Lockhart River Mobs new thinking about traditions and conventions; how Indigenous Australian cultural traditions are regenerated and renewed. Fiona is very skilled in conveying how the past is embedded in the present, with many of her figures appearing to emanate from the stream of life running behind them.