This exhibition is brought to you by Outstation, in collaboration with the following art centres:
- Byron Brooks
- Carlene West
- Estelle Hogan
- Fred Grant
- Ian Rictor
- Kathleen Donnegan
- Lawrence Pennington
- Lennard Walker
- Lois Pennington
- Myrtle Pennington - 'Kanpala'
- Ned Grant
- Ngalpingka Simms
- Patju Presley
- Roy Underwood
- Simon Hogan
- Spinifex Men's Collaborative
- Spinifex Women's Collaborative
- Timo Hogan
- Tjaruwa Angelina Woods
- Yarangka Elaine Thomas
Spinifex paintings pulse with classical desert forms: the rumbling snakes, skeletal trees, the tracks and shapes of the ancestors.
— DR JOHN CARTY, Head of Anthropology, South Australian Museum
The Spinifex Arts Project emerged out of work made for a Native Title claim determined in 2001. Rawa Nyinanyi celebrates the unbroken chain of knowledge and Law intrinsic to the Spinifex people that is expressed through their remarkable paintings.
Forming a distinctly identifiable style, Spinifex artists have continued to flourish which has been rewarded by national and international recognition.
This new series of work by 20 artists including Simon Hogan, Carlene West, Lawrence Pennington and Tjaruwa Woods, embodies the spirit and connection to country through their practice: the stories, the landscape, and the relationship between inma (the singing of country) and the act of painting — embue these works with the powerful knowledge and sense of place and identity of the artists.
Collaboratives are a hallmark of the Spinifex Arts Project and two stunning new works are included which bind diverse individual styles into an epic story of ancestral creation.