- Betty Chimney
- Emily Andy Napaltjarri
- Iluwanti Ken
- Judy Martin
- Kerry Ann Robinson
- Marina Warari Brown
- Mitakiki Men's Collaborative
- Moses Brady and Cameron Young
- Mr Barney
- Nellie Coulthard Ngampa
- Teresa Pumani-Mula and Anita Pumani
It is always a joy to start the season with our annual Rising Stars – this year showcasing new work by emerging artists from Mimili Maku, Iwantja Artists, Papunya Tjupi and Tjala Arts.
The stunning Mitaki Men’s collaborative paintings are from young Tjala men who have recently started painting. Unlike the splashes of colour and roundels we often see from Tjala, these stunning works use a rectangular meandering with subtle changes of tone to represent variations in the landscape. Depicting a linear and geometric abstraction, colour is inlaid with white dots to add luminance to the muted tones.
The honey ant, a highly favoured food source, is an important story for Tjala artists. Depicted by Moses Brady and Cameron Young the Tjala Tjukurpa – Honey Ant Story is a shimmering constellation of roundels, tunnels and desert colour.
Works on paper mark a new direction for Iluwanti Ken. Marked by her signature quirky animals, she uses acrylic in a washed out watercolour fashion with illustrative graphic marks such that even the subject of birds hunting takes on a soft and lyrical appeal!
Marina Warari Brown from Mimili Maku comes from a line of strong female artists including her mother Betty Pumani, grandmother Kunmanara (Militjari) Pumani and auntie Ngupulya Pumani, so it is no wonder she paints with such confidence and strength. Marina has exhibited previously at Outstation. This new body of striking red and black graphic works evoke the intensity of her mother’s spatial forms, albeit Marina’s own interpretation.
Collaboratives from mother and daughter Teresa Pumani-Mula and Anita Pumani depict the Kunkarunkara Tjukurpa. For senior cultural woman Teresa, this story is “about family looking after each other, and teaching and helping each other … I have four daughters, and sometimes we work together on large paintings telling the Kunkarunkara Tjukurpa. That’s our way – working together and looking after one another.”
Mapping the kapi tjukula (rock holes), tali (sand hills) and puli (mountain ranges) of her father’s country, Judy Martin reflects on the importance of water sources maintained by traditional owners. Wakura country is and important and sacred place her family.
A STRONG AESTHETIC from Iwantja Artists Nellie Coulthard Ngampa, Betty Chimney, Mr Barney and Kerry Ann Robinson represent diverse representations of the APY Lands. Recalling the rolling hills of her father’s country, Nellie Coulthard Ngampa brings vibrant colour and the sinuous line of the Tjuntala (acacia Wattle) to the sandy rocky landscape of the Simpson Desert. Using the deep reds and oranges of the desert Betty Chimney evokes the special rockholes, dry creek beds and shifts in colour of Yankunytjatjara country. A powerful simplicity marks the work of Mr Barney who uses strong blocks of colour and contrasting marks in a bold yet soft abstraction of the sun bleached desert sandhills and rugged bushland. By contrast the work of Kerry Ann Robinson follows a linear terrain with the subtle shimmer of many white dots roving the landscape.
Working from Papunya Tjupi Art Centre, Emily Andy Napaltjarri, is a senior law woman for the Karrinyarra ‘Yalka’ grandmother’s story. Her works are marked by a very soft muted palette.