VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Vale Mary Macha

May 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.


Image: 
Rover Thomas
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 - 8pm

May 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 news

April 2017

 

LAST DAYS

JAMES TYLOR - UN-RESETTLING

This extraordinary installation of photographs and objects exploring and re-learning traditional culture must close this Saturday 29 April.

Vivien Anderson Gallery is open today and Friday 11am - 5pm and Saturday 12pm - 4pm.

Image: James Tylor's solo exhibition Un-resettling installed at Vivien Anderson Gallery


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”
Artist, linguist and storyteller Nyapuru (William) Gardiner paints scenes from his childhood in the 1940s before the Pilbara Aboriginal strike of 1946, and his work on pastoral stations throughout the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

JOIN US TO MEET THE ARTIST AND CELEBRATE THE EXHIBITION
6PM - 8PM WEDNESDAY 17 MAY 2017

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 - ART AWARDS

Congratulations to JAMES TYLOR, finalist in the 2017 RAMSAY ART PRIZE. The $100,000 acquisitive art prize for artists under 40 will be awarded to one of 21 finalists, and will be announced at the Art Gallery of South Australia in late May. 

We also congratulate gallery artists KENT MORRIS, DIRRIRRA WUNUNGMURRA of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, NADA RAWLINS from Mangkaja Artists, NYARAPAYI GILES of Tjarlirli Art, and WATARRU WOMEN from Tjungu Palya for their selection as finalists in the 34th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The $50,000 non acquisitive award will be announced at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin on Friday 11 August 2017.  

Image: Kent Morris, Cultural Reflections - Always on Country #7, archival print on rag paper, 100 x 140 cm, finalist in the 2016 Telstra Art Award


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 Morris

November 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

 


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