The brilliant colours of summer feature in more than 80 works of Aboriginal art in a Summer Salon + Art Parade exhibition at Whistlewood this month.
“The range of works is encyclopedic,’ says co-curator Susan McCulloch.” It’s rare to find Aboriginal art from Arnhem Land, the Kimberley, the Pilbara, the Central, Western & Eastern deserts, Queensland and the Mornington Peninsula in one exhibition.’
As authors of one of the leading books on Aboriginal art, McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide, Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs have worked with more than 80 Aboriginal art centres around Australia for many years, and bring this depth of knowledge to their art consultancy and exhibition presentation, offering insightful advice to both enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Works in the Summer Salon include outstanding paintings by Martumili Artists of the Pilbara such as Nora Wompi and Bugai Whyoulter whose lush canvases have recently starred in a number of important exhibitions in public galleries, those by award winning artists such as Barbara Moore, Robert Fielding, Malaluba Gumana, Tiger Yaltangki and Ngupulya Pumani, senior artists including Emily Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Jeannie Mills, Keith Stevens, Freddie Timms and outstanding younger generation artists such as Teresa Baker, Anyupa Stevens, Freda Brady, Tuppy Goodwin and Charmaine Pwerle. Featured also are beautiful new jewel- like ‘bush medicine’ paintings by the artists of Ampilatwatja in the Eastern Desert, a group of striking works from the artists of Papunya Tula, paintings in ochre by the Kimberley’s Claude Carter, new ceramics from Australia’s oldest art centre, Ernabella Arts and a stunning 2.4m ‘Stars in the Night Sky’ painting by Vicki Cullinan from the APY Lands.
Opening the show is a unique Art Parade in which more than 50 works are displayed by a team of paraders while Susan McCulloch provides informative commentary on the art and artists.
“Our Art Parades have become hugely popular events,’ says McCulloch. “They’re a great way of accessing a huge range of art and provide insight into the works, their artists and the regions they’re from. It’s a totally new experience with art.”
Summer Salon + Art Parade
642 Tucks Road, Shoreham
Open: January 17 and 22-26, 11am-5pm
Art Parade: Saturday January 15 at 2.30pm
P: 0359 898282