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Art Mob May 2019 Newsletter
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Pansy Napangardi on show

Winter is here and our two June exhibitions are certainly cool! “The Last of the Luritja” showcases 20 paintings by highly acclaimed Luritja artist Pansy Napangardi. She has been a close friend of the gallery for many years and her painting career started in the early 1970’s at Papunya.  She developed her own style of multi-coloured dotting that gives an amazing 3-D effect to her work.  Generally, her art shows the hailstones across the country at Illpilli – an ancestral story from her grandfather’s side.  This exhibition contains the last available works from this amazing senior artist.

Objects 2019


And you thought Aboriginal art was all about paintings!  Not here at Art Mob!  “Objects 2019” features a truly diverse range of objects from our stock. It certainly exposes the creativity but also the cultural knowledge of Indigenous artists across the continent. 

From the 3T’s - Tasmania, the Tiwi Islands and the Torres Strait Islands – to Bardi, Martu, Arnhem land, Arrernte and Warlpiri nations, this collection varies in price from just $40 to $85,000. 

There’s something for everyone! Don’t miss it!

National Reconciliation Week

This week marks 2 very important dates – the successful 1967 referendum giving Australian Aboriginal people the right to vote and the High Court Mabo decision.  We launched an online exhibition of 20 works spanning historical aspects and cultural practice with a view to enhancing historical understanding and promoting traditional and current ways of life. Our highlight of the week was the purchase of a painting by local Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julian Oates for the conference room wall of the Tasmanian office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The low point was tediously hearing Macca on ABC radio on Sunday morning bemoaning the decision by Uluru owners to stop tourists climbing the rock from next October and referring to their belief as a myth.  Local member for Namatjira Chansey Paech is quoted as saying ‘Closing the climb would be a true form of reconciliation’.

William Sandy


William started painting at Papunya in 1975 and the great old man is still painting a little. 

He moved to his birthplace near Ernabella for some time and reconnected with his true country.  

The Kungka Kutjara Tjukurpa (Two Women Dreaming) starts at that place and William has depicted that important story in two recent paintings.

Lola Greeno – Red Ochre Award 

Image courtesy of The Examiner & Scott Gelston

Our heartfelt congratulations go to Lola Greeno, the doyenne of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace making!  She recently received the highly prestigious 2019 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement along with Uncle Jack Charles. We have had a long relationship with Lola that we cherish.
Hear her interview at https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgOV2Jq1pV

M’s a Mum

Emma has taken maternity leave for a few months, but you are sure to spot her in the gallery occasionally with her bundle of joy! Congratulations to Emma and Ed on the birth of their daughter Florence Victoria. 
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