defining tradition | the colourists


In 2019 Kate Owen Gallery will present a series of exhibitions exploring the notion of ‘tradition’ in Aboriginal Art. Our second show will focus on the trailblazing artists who pursued an adventurous use of colour.
Our inaugural ‘defining tradition’ exhibition in January, titled ‘the first wave & its disciples’, focused on the genesis of the western desert art movement at Papunya in 1971, when senior men essentially invented a new art form. We presented artists that have remained the faithful disciples of the muted colour palettes and powerful expression of Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) as first set down by those pioneers of western desert art.
For many visitors to the gallery, the natural ochre pigments on display are what they had considered ‘traditional’ or the quintessential colours of Aboriginal art. Our second exhibition, ‘the colourists’, unveils that in experimenting with acrylics in Papunya in the 1970s, another great tradition was ignited - the use of bright colour.
Artists include Charmaine Pwerle, Gloria Petyarre, Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty, Judy Napangardi Watson, Kudditji Kngwarreye, Lorna Fencer Napurrula, Minnie Pwerle, Polly Ngale, Rosella Namok, Sally Gabori, Samantha Hobson, Tommy Watson & many more.
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Kate Owen Gallery & Studio @ 680 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2039




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