VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Vale Mary MachaMay 2017
We salute the esteemed perspicacious, tenacious Mary Macha for her perceptive recognition of the talented artists she worked with, famously Rover Thomas, Paddy Jaminji and Alec Mingelmanganu.
We are so grateful that Mary patiently told and retold her story of meeting Rover Thomas and his peers to many of us working in indigenous art in the late 1980s and since. Her record keeping reflected her own precise standards and her memory for paintings that passed through her hands was sharp, often annotated with humorous tales about the artists, particularly Rover Thomas whose roguish charm clearly warmed her heart.
For those fortunate to visit her, she was always gracious. She had many varied interests apart from art and artists.
It is not surprising that Mary lived such a long life and on her own terms, she always did things her own way.
Tributaries of the Ord River 1991
earth pigment on canvas
90.5 x 180 cm
Provenance: Mary Macha, Perth WA
Private Collection, UK
VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Special event - Wednesday 17 May 6pm - 8pmMay 2017
Let's have a Warm Welcome for Nyaparu (William) Gardiner
On Wednesday 17 May, we welcome you to join us to celebrate Nyaparu (William) Gardiner's first solo exhibition in Melbourne: OUTSIDE MEN
In Outside Men, William Gardiner’s painting is a conscious act of remembering and recording these old people and their experiences, their struggles to assert their independence and survive the consequences of the Pilbara Strikes from 1946 – 48, when a loose grouping of Pilbara Western Desert Aboriginal people led to over 850 unpaid Aboriginal pastoral workers walking off 25 properties, demanding a weekly wage. They were people who took part in some of the most momentous events of post-war Aboriginal history.
In true stockman tradition William is fond of a song and strumming his guitar, so conjure up that camp fire and join us.
JOIN US TO MEET THE ARTIST: WEDNESDAY 17 MAY FROM 6PM - 8PM
Nyaparu (William) Gardiner will travel from Port Hedland, WA with his daughter Sheila and Spinifex Hills Studio manager Greg Taylor to attend this special event.
Images: Resting Man 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 71 x 45.5 cm; Kalyeeda Station 2015, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 76 x 76 cm; Showing the Drovers (II) 2017, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 91.5 x 61 cm
VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Autumn newsApril 2017
SAVE THE DATE - WEDNESDAY 17 MAY
NYAPURU (WILLIAM) GARDINER - OUTSIDE MEN
“My name is William Gardiner, and this is my life story that I’m telling you”
JOIN US TO MEET THE ARTIST AND CELEBRATE THE EXHIBITION
Nyapuru (William) Gardiner will attend with his daughter Sheila and Spinifex Hill Studios Manager Greg Taylor
Image: Resting Man 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 71 x 45.5 cm
ARTIST NEWS - DEFYING EMPIRE
We are delighted to announce that gallery artists MAREE CLARKE and VICKI WEST have been selected in the 2017 National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Defying Empire opens on May 26 with a weekend of celebrations and curator and artist talks, including by Maree and Vicki. For further information contact the National Gallery of Australia: https://nga.gov.au/defyingempire/
Image: Maree Clarke, Kangaroo Teeth Necklace 2013, kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment, 130 x 8 cm, Monash University Collection, Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016
VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Now representing Kent MorrisNovember 2016
Vivien Anderson Gallery is excited to announce that we now represent photographer KENT MORRIS.
Kent Morris is a Barkindji man, who lives and works in Melbourne.
Kent’s photography concentrates on reconstructing the shapes and structures of the built environment to reflect the rhythms, form and geometric designs of the first people of Australia. Each final image is constructed from a single photograph taken while walking on Country.The content is populated by native birds…..…”Wherever I go, I walk a lot. I look and listen, and learn from our native birds; I learn their rhythms and habits. I awake to, and follow their songs and conversations and respect their stories and importance. They form an intrinsic part of Indigenous cultural knowledge and spirituality, and despite colonisation, their stories, songs and our connection to them, continue.’
Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Kent has practised an as artist and curator for 20 years. He recently became an alumnus of the Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program.
Kent has a robust interest in the educational and healing potential of the arts and in 2011 joined The Torch to design, develop and deliver the State-wide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program, and curates the Confined exhibition annually.
Kent Morris will feature in the forthcoming exhibition Sovereignty, opening at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in December, and will stage a solo exhibition at Vivien Anderson Gallery in 2017.
Image: Kent Morris, Boonwurrung (St Kilda) – Rainbow Lorikeet 2016 from the series Cultural Reflections – Up Above #2