This exhibition is brought to you by Outstation, in collaboration with the following art centres:
- Dianne Ungukalpi Golding
- Eunice Yunurupa Porter
- Jean Burke
- Judith Yinyika Chambers
- Polly Pawuya Jackson
- Wilton Foster
Outstation art from art centres and Warakurna Artists are proud to present an important series of paintings that explore ‘history’ from a Yarnangu perspective. The paintings depict stories from the last hundred years in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
“I feel happy when I do long-time story painting. When I was in school at Warburton and going out with my family in the school holidays, we saw a big plane that came and landed. So we all went to have a look. And when I got married to my husband at Warakurna, I heard about Lasseter trooping around. I have painted these stories for you. Before I was doing Tjukurrpa paintings, and now I paint history paintings from my memories.” Eunice Porter, Warakurna Artists Chairperson.
In May 2011 Outstation – art from art centres had the great privilege of exhibiting the first series of ‘History Painting’ by Warakurna Artists. The 33 paintings from this exhibition were purchased by the discerning and passionate art collectors Vicki and Wayne McGeoch and were very generously donated to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. “It’s important for people to understand that there is no collection like this in any Australian institution at present. These history paintings mark a distinct statement from Yarnangu artists that they are not satisfied simply painting for a market, they want to paint for an audience. Their history, they are telling us, is our history. This collection has effectively been gifted twice; once by the Warakurna artists to the nation, and then again by some visionary collectors to the National Museum.” Dr John Carty, Australian National University.
Outstation is excited to announce that 9 paintings from this new exhibition have been purchased by the National Museum of Australia to add to their important collection.