Outstanding Aboriginal art from nine regions and works from the gallerist’s own collection feature in Everywhen Artspace’s Summer Collector’s Show 2020.
Works come from as far afield as the Central, Western and Eastern Deserts, Far North Queensland, the APY Lands, Utopia, the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land and the Mornington Peninsula. Included also are coastal and rainforest works by non-indigenous artists David Beaumont from Queenscliff and Claudine Marzik from Queensland.
The selection from the McCulloch Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Art features some 30 pieces acquired by art writer and gallerist Susan McCulloch over the last 20 years.
“It has been a very exciting time in Aboriginal art with an explosion of colour, new directions for the barks of Arnhem Land and the emergence of a whole new school of desert art in a region called the APY Lands situated around the South Australia/Western Australia and NT borders,” she says.
Susan has been documenting the rise of this movement since the 1990s in her book McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal art; the complete guide – co-authored for the last 11 years by her daughter and gallery partner Emily McCulloch Childs.
Pieces from her collection include those by famous artists such as Minnie Pwerle and Barbara Weir from Utopia, founding artists of the APY Lands, barks from Arnhem Land, Kimberley ochres, canvases by Papunya artists, Tiwi ochres, works on paper from Arnhem Land and WA, and sculptures from Utopia and Alice Springs.
New works include a selection of kelp and other 3D works by the Mornington Peninsula’s Baluk Artists, Kimberley ochres, ceramics, stunning colour works from many regions, new paintings by Western Desert artist Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and carved poles and other sculptures from Arnhem Land.
“We work with more than 40 Aboriginal-owned co-operatives called art centres based in communities around Australia as well as a number of individual artists,” says Ms McCulloch. “We’re very excited to make these works of such great quality, diversity and interest available to a Peninsula audience.”
The Summer Collector’s Show 2020 runs until February 25 at Everywhen Artspace.
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