I don’t like Aboriginal art

It’s a lament I’ve heard often over the years. In the popular imagination Aboriginal art, as a broad generic descriptor, is either Top End X-ray style or Centralian dot-dot stuff. Usually the inland work is imagined as circles with dots around them, executed in a palette of browns. Sadly, this pretty accurately describes a lot of the stuff being hawked on the lawns outside Flynn Church in Todd Mall, or sold in bulk by attractive-looking outlets such as this:

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Peeps: it need not be so. I’ve just returned from the Araluen Arts Centre where I saw two exhibitions that had me mesmerised. The breadth of media and subject matter and pure quality was absolutely captivating. Sorry about the crummy iPhone photos, but have a scroll down.

Tiger Yaltangki, Desert Safari:

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Louise Daniels, Alice Springs baseball grand final (acrylic on car bonnet!):

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Matjangka Norris, Minyma Mamu Inma:

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Colin Watson, Nyangatja Ngayulu. Ngayulu Colin-ny. This is me. I am Colin:

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David Frank, Policeman Story:

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Judy Long, Ngulu – Seed Story:

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Vincent Namatjira, The Indulkana Tigers:

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Billy Yunkurra Atkins, Animals at Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment):

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Kaylene Whiskey, Closing Time at Mintabie:

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Maybe you’re more of a 3D or sculpture kind of person.

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What a wonderful, vibrant world! What’s not to like?

 

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2 Responses to I don’t like Aboriginal art

  1. rebec says:

    Thanks for the pictures.
    You must be missing old Throsby: I’m looking at it through my front window , it’s looking good, the tide is low.There’s a large cluster of dog owners chatting over there and the dogs are having a lot of fun.
    Can’t see Jimbo, is he up there with you?
    He’ll be missing Throsby too, I imagine, but he’ll have lots of lovely new smells to get used to!
    Cheers
    Rebec.

  2. Mark MacLean says:

    Got back this week, R. Jambo very pleased to be back in the drain!

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