UPCOMING EXHIBITION 'CRAFTER'S EDGE'

Artinterface will be exhibiting Australian Indigenous art at Crafter Interiors' inaugural art show 'Crafter's Edge' from the 24th of August.  We have selected paintings by Dorothy Napangardi, Naata Nungurrayi, Minnie Pwerle, amongst others, and included sculpture and weavings from the Northern Territory, Central Australia, Torres Strait Islands with exciting new works from communities discovered at Cairns Indigenous and Darwin Art Fairs.

Guests artists include Renato Grome fine art photographer, ceramists Tracy Muirhead, Vanessa Lucas and Lene Kuhl Jacobsen, Gillie & Marc sculpture amongst others.

Crafter Interiors showroom is situated at 515 Bridge Road, Richmond. www.crafter.com.au

LIMITED EDITION RUGS from Better World Arts

We have a small collection of exquisite limited edition from Better World Arts available from our 'Gallery' Page. These hand dyed, chain stitched wool rugs are finished with a heavy cotton backing some with a sleeve to hang if so desired . These rugs are born of a cross cultural collaboration between Aboriginal artists providing original works and that are then reproduced in limited editions of 50 or 100 by traditional Kashmiri weavers.  Each is certified, numbered and the purchase of these rugs directly benefit the artists and and their communities, control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained through Better World Arts.

We love these rugs, the brillant collaboration between artists and as you can see, can be a quite stunning edition to any interior.  See our Gallery Page at www.artinterface.net for availability.

Rug and cushion cover design by Iwana Ken

Rug and cushion cover design by Iwana Ken

Cushion covers designed by Tali Tali Pompey

Cushion covers designed by Tali Tali Pompey

Limited Edition "Mina Mina" by Judy Watson Napangardi 

Limited Edition "Mina Mina" by Judy Watson Napangardi 

Limited Edition design by Kathy Maringka

Limited Edition design by Kathy Maringka

COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

As well as establishing Galerie DAD in suburban Paris, Alison Haysey also participated in several collaborative exhibitions during her time in France. 

Here are some images from :

 'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigène', Musée de quai Branly, Paris.                                 

 'Spirales et Labyrinthes', Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy.

'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris.                                                                  

'Terre de Rêves, Terre des Hommes & Yilpinji, Love, Magic and Ceremony', Australian Embassy, Paris - also at the Musée des Tumulus de Bougon           .                                                        

'Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien', l'Archipel, Paris

'Dreamings, Amour, Magie et Cérémonie', Jazz the Glass, Biarritz

'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigène', Musée du quai Branly, Paris

'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigène', Musée du quai Branly, Paris

'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigène', Musée du quai Branly, Paris Exhibiting 'Mala Dreaming' by Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigène', Musée du quai Branly, Paris

Exhibiting 'Mala Dreaming' by Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy Featuring My Mother's Country' by Donna Nungurrayi and 'Tjukurla' by Doreen Reid Nakamarra.

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy

Featuring My Mother's Country' by Donna Nungurrayi and 'Tjukurla' by Doreen Reid Nakamarra.

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy Featuring 'Tjukurla' by Doreen Reid Nakamarra  and 'Yunatjunka' by Nanyuma Napangati

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy

Featuring 'Tjukurla' by Doreen Reid Nakamarra  and 'Yunatjunka' by Nanyuma Napangati

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy Featuring 'Tarkul' by George Tjampu Tjapaltjarri

'Spirales et Labyrinthes' Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Château du Tremblay, Fontenoy

Featuring 'Tarkul' by George Tjampu Tjapaltjarri

'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris

'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris

'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris Featuring works by Billy Duncan and Yalti Napangati

'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris

Featuring works by Billy Duncan and Yalti Napangati

Her Excellency Ambassador Penelope Wensley AO and Vanessa Benson-Cassard of Austrade for 'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris - featuring 'Purrpurn - Spring Water' byBiddy Baadjo Napangardi 

Her Excellency Ambassador Penelope Wensley AO and Vanessa Benson-Cassard of Austrade for 'Rêver, Découvrir, Investir', Australian Embassy, Paris - featuring 'Purrpurn - Spring Water' byBiddy Baadjo Napangardi 

'Yilpinji, Love, Magic and Ceremony' collection shown at the Australian Embassy Paris, with the support and assistance of Her Excellency Ambassador Penelope Wensley AO and Cultural Attachée Harriet O'Malley

'Yilpinji, Love, Magic and Ceremony' collection shown at the Australian Embassy Paris, with the support and assistance of Her Excellency Ambassador Penelope Wensley AO and Cultural Attachée Harriet O'Malley

'Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien', l'Archipel, Paris Featuring works from the 'Yilpinji, Love Magic and Ceremony' collection

'Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien', l'Archipel, Paris

Featuring works from the 'Yilpinji, Love Magic and Ceremony' collection

'Dreamings' at Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

'Dreamings' at Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

Tiwi art at 'Dreamings' exhibition - Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

Tiwi art at 'Dreamings' exhibition - Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

Highlighting art and artisanship at 'Dreamings' exhibition -  Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

Highlighting art and artisanship at 'Dreamings' exhibition -  Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

Tiwi art 'Dreamings' exhibition -  Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

Tiwi art 'Dreamings' exhibition -  Jazz the Glass, Biarritz, France

GALERIE DAD, FRANCE

Selected images of exhibitions that were carefully curated by Alison Haysey at the Galerie DAD, France.

Works were sourced by Alison over several journeys to community Art Centres such as Papunya Tula Artists, Maningrida Arts and Culture, Warlukurlangu Artists Yuendumu, Warlayirti Artists in the Northern Territory Balgo Hills in Western Australia, amongst others.

 

Inaugural exhibition at Galerie DAD

Inaugural exhibition at Galerie DAD

'Utopia'

'Utopia'

'Les Couleurs du Desert'

'Les Couleurs du Desert'

'Peintres Pintupi'

'Peintres Pintupi'

'Ocre'

'Ocre'

'Ocre'

'Ocre'

'Ocre'

'Ocre'

'Better World Arts'

'Better World Arts'

Source: www.artinterface.net

SACRED BANUMBIRR CEREMONY // ELCHO ISLAND

On expedition to Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, we were extremely fortunate to witness GALI YALKARRIWUY GURRUWIWI performing the Morning-Star Pole Ceremony.
Gali is a traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) Mala Leader and Galpu clan representative.
Gali was taught traditional art forms, the stories and laws from his father (Gapuka) before he passed away, and was given the laws and responsibilities of being custodian of the sacred feathered ceremonial Banumbirr (morning-star pole) for the Galpu Clan.
The Banumbirr is a ceremonial emblem and an essential part of ritual. It is most commonly used in mortuary ceremonies and is held by men whilst dancing. The individual poles can differ, depending on the ceremony, the artist's clan, and their stories. The poles are statements about identity and can represent specific stretches of country and the people it belongs to. They are also a part of spiritual/religious statements that binds the people in life and death.                       // A truly exceptional experience //

Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi

Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi

2016 NATIONAL ABORIGINAL and TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART AWARDS

We were privileged to attend this year's presentation of the most prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aka NATSIAA held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. 

The finalists in all categories were exceptional, I was especially taken by the outstanding standard of work in the 3D Category, Nicole Monk's mesmerising performance We Are All Animals winning overall.   So very pleased to see John Mawurndjul painting again and Youth Award laureate Ishmael Marika's video Sunlight Energy II is quite simply sublime.

Here are some images of the awards, finalists and some of the works we particularly love including People's Choice Award winner (our choice too) Penny Evans' "Trophy Wife".

Congratulations to all of 2016's award winners:

WINNER 33rd TELSTRA NATIONAL ABORIGINAL and TORRES STRAIT ART AWARD                       HAROLD JOSEPH THOMAS (BUNDOO) for Tribal Abuduction

BARK PAINTING AWARD - John Mawurndjul for Dilebang

GENERAL PAINTING AWARD - Betty Kuntiwa Pumani for Antara

WANDJUK MARIKA MEMORIAL 3D AWARD - Nicole Monks for We Are All Animals 

WORK ON PAPER - Robert Pau for Battle of Bikar

YOUTH AWARD - Ishmael Marika for Sunlight Energy II

 

WINNER of the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award

WINNER of the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award

WINNER of the General Painting Award

WINNER of the General Painting Award

WINNER of the Bark Painting Award

WINNER of the Bark Painting Award

WINNER of the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award - Nicole Monks 'We Are All Animals' (Perfomance) 

WINNER of the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award - Nicole Monks 'We Are All Animals' (Perfomance) 

Work on Paper finalist - Maath Maralngurra 'Ngalyod' (The Rainbow Serpent) Media : Natural earth pigments and watercolour on paper 

Work on Paper finalist - Maath Maralngurra 'Ngalyod' (The Rainbow Serpent) Media : Natural earth pigments and watercolour on paper 

General Painting finalists - Spinifex Men's Collaborative 'Pukara' Media : Synthetic polymer paint on linen

General Painting finalists - Spinifex Men's Collaborative 'Pukara' Media : Synthetic polymer paint on linen

Bark Painting finalist - Seymour Wulida 'Buluwana at Dilebang' Media : Earth pigments on bark and General Painting Award Winner - Betty Kuntiwa Pumani 'Antara' Media : Synthetic polymer paint on linen.

Bark Painting finalist - Seymour Wulida 'Buluwana at Dilebang' Media : Earth pigments on bark and General Painting Award Winner - Betty Kuntiwa Pumani 'Antara' Media : Synthetic polymer paint on linen.

Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalists - Tjanpi Desert Weavers 'Minyma Tjirilyana Ngaltutjara Pikatjara' (Porcupine Woman Hurt and Sick) Media : Grass, raffia, feathers, metal, acrylic, wool

Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalists - Tjanpi Desert Weavers 'Minyma Tjirilyana Ngaltutjara Pikatjara' (Porcupine Woman Hurt and Sick) Media : Grass, raffia, feathers, metal, acrylic, wool

Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalist - Gunybi Ganambarr 'Milngurr' Media : Metal

Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalist - Gunybi Ganambarr 'Milngurr' Media : Metal

Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalist - Shirley Manamara 'Ungabutha Guutu' (Porpupine Vessel) Media : Spinifex, porcupine quills, fixative

Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalist - Shirley Manamara 'Ungabutha Guutu' (Porpupine Vessel) Media : Spinifex, porcupine quills, fixative

Wandjul Marika Memorial 3D finalists : Foreground - Wukun Wanambi 'Three Rocks' - Media : Natural earth pigments on wood. Far left - Janine Mcaullay Bott 'Boundaries, Respect, Consequences' - Media : Palm fronds, gumnuts, wood, synthetic polymer paint. Far right - Andrew Snelgar 'Pulakarr Kaa-Kaa' (Two Brothers) - Media : Natural earth pigments on carved wood

Wandjul Marika Memorial 3D finalists : Foreground - Wukun Wanambi 'Three Rocks' - Media : Natural earth pigments on wood. Far left - Janine Mcaullay Bott 'Boundaries, Respect, Consequences' - Media : Palm fronds, gumnuts, wood, synthetic polymer paint. Far right - Andrew Snelgar 'Pulakarr Kaa-Kaa' (Two Brothers) - Media : Natural earth pigments on carved wood

WINNER People's Choice Award and Mandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalist- Penny Evans 'Trophy Wife' Media : Earthernware ceramic, echidna quills

WINNER People's Choice Award and Mandjuk Marika Memorial 3D finalist- Penny Evans 'Trophy Wife' Media : Earthernware ceramic, echidna quills

OUR LAND IS A CONTINUOUS AND GLORIOUS CANVAS

I was extremely fortunate to fly to Darwin for the 2016 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards with photographer and pilot, Andrew Vukosav in a single engine Cessna taking us up close and personal with our absolutely breathtaking Australian landscape.  How breathtaking it is ! I felt like I was witnessing canvas after canvas in anticipation of what was to be revealed in Darwin. Andrew is currently working on a major landscape project but here are a few of my images taken with the humble iphone of some of the most incredible sites we witnessed between Melbourne, Mildura, Lake Mungo, Broken Hill, Birdsville, Alice Springs, Lake Amadeus, Uluru, Kata Tjuta on to Katherine and finally Darwin.  Hope you enjoy the view ! Alison.

ART OF THE PINTUPI

The Pintupi People are from the Western Desert area west of Lake Mac Donald and Lake Mackay in Western Australia.

In the 1960’s, many were resettled at Papunya township in Central Australia to ‘assist assimilation’. In spite of this forced relocation from their homelands and attempted suppression of culture and language, much has been preserved through practice of their art, predominantly through the encouragement of Geoffrey Bardon.

In the 1970’s, Geoffrey Bardon assisted a group of elders, grand masters such as Uta Uta Tjangala, Yala Yala Gibbs, Mick Namerari Tjapaltjari, Johnny Warangkula and Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi, to transpose traditional designs and stories on to board and canvas essentially creating what was to become the revelation in the Australian art world introducing it to the broader Australian audience and indeed the world. Ningura Napurrula’s work now adorns a ceiling in the musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.

Sophisticated, perceived linear abstraction, typifies Pintupi works that are, however, deeply entrenched in sacred lore and ceremony.

The success of Pintupi artists and revenu from the sale of their works has enabled them to reclaim and resettle their ancestral lands and the establishment of the community ofKintore, approximately 300kms west of Papunya in the early 1980’s and Kiwirrkura another 200kms west in the mid 1980’s.

It was in 1984 that the very last Pintupi family group walked in to Kiwirrkura from the desert having lived a completely traditional hunter-gather lifestyle up until then. Known as the Pintupi Nine, amongst them were the now renowned artists, Warlimpirrigna and Walala Tjapaltjarri, Yalti and Yukultji Napangardi.

Pintupi women, including Yukultji Napangati and Yuyuya Namptijinpa, performing a women's ceremony relating to the site of Marrapinti and nose bone making before their works on the subject.

Pintupi women, including Yukultji Napangati and Yuyuya Namptijinpa, performing a women's ceremony relating to the site of Marrapinti and nose bone making before their works on the subject.

'Art Pintupi' exhibition, Galerie DAD, France

'Art Pintupi' exhibition, Galerie DAD, France