Warmun Women Exhibition @ Nancy Sever GalleryShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
A wise racing man – no not of the colourful racing indentity kind - once told me that if the odds are short, look to the stablemate for an each way bet. And it’s worked more than a few times. Well the concept works often with art and artists, particularly in the area of aboriginal art where you may not be able to afford one artist but find the style or influences with another lesser known but just as impressive artist.
So let me tell you a secret.Currently at Nancy Sever Gallery is an exhibition of ‘Women Artists from Warmun’ and the natural ochre and pigments of all the paintings is the imprimatur of the artists of east Kimberly, where you may be aware Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie first dabbled with those natural tints and both went on to become among our most famous artists. Look no further than above the mantelpiece of The Lodge where a Rover Thomas has pride of place. Lucy Turnbull got to pick a few impressive pieces from the National Gallery of Australia and that painting is covetable.
Available in the Warmun collection is a painting by Jane Tinmarie-Yalunga who works as a studio assistant at Warmun Art Centre.......and is the daughter of Rover Thomas. She grew up watching her father paint starting herself in 2000 with her family country on Texas Downs Station and the Dreamings from her father’s country and the Gurirr Gurirr Joonba (song cycle) her father received in a dream, among the influences in her painting.
Integral to the exhibition are the stories of the artists, particularly with the learning and teaching passed down through families and the traditional oral stories that influence the work. And when you understand the stories the pleasure of a work is enhanced.
Warmun Women Artists now at Nancy Sever Gallery 4/6 Kennedy Street Kingston until 6 March.