Tjarlirli represents artists from the Ngannyatjarra lands of Western Australia and Kaltukatjara in the Northern Territory. The art centre is passionate about supporting their artists by nurturing the development of traditional and contemporary arts practices. Currently on display we have works by Bob Gibson, Rosalind Yibardi, and Martha Protty each with their own distinct style.
Bob Gibson’s has a unique view and a distinct painting style. Bob has an amazing eye for colour and isn’t afraid of bold strokes. He presents Tjukurrpa (Dreaming stories) in a unique and contemporary manner. Bob’s works reflects on tensions between culture, history, modern influences and challenges what people’s ideas of ‘real’ Aboriginal art is. He is well sort after by institutions and private collectors.
In her unique point of view, Rosalind Yibardi, takes a topographical view of rockholes. On Kaltukatjara and Puta Puta country (near Rosalind’s birthplace) these rockholes play an important role in providing water. Rosalind talks about the importance of this site and the fact that when it rains the rockpools fill up with water which then provides drinking water to the community.
Martha Protty’s work draws inspiration from country and Tjukurrpa (dreaming). Martha’s work in the Vault is her interpretation of Kungka Kutjara Tjukurpa, meaning Two Women. This story of Two Women is a creation story which follows two sisters as they travel through the desert creating significant landmarks as they pass through country to country. Martha is known to sing Inma (ceremony) songs while she paints, giving her work rhythm with every brushstroke.
These three amazing artists, make for a beautifully colourful and unique display! Please ask to see the Vault Gallery during your next visit.
Aboriginal Art Co is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Australian Government through through Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS).
Blog written by Logan Bobongie, 2022.
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