Artists of Ampilatwatja

Following a successful exhibition at Michael Reid BERLIN in January, The Artists of Ampilatwatja now make their way to Murrurundi. Showcasing seventeen artists, this exhibition will commence first online, followed by a physical install at Michael Reid Murrurundi from Thursday July 15th.

Ampilatwatja (pronounced um-blood-ah-witch) is situated 320km north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and has a population of about 500 people. Established in 1999, the Artists of Ampilatwatja Art Centre has produced work that is recognisably distinct with paintings depicting shimmering fine dots and bright figurative depictions of the land. Most of the artists paint Arreth, strong bush medicine, demonstrating the deep connection to country the artists have.

This exhibition showcases paintings that are at once revealing relationship to country yet also one that is enveloped in religious laws. The information that is held sacred to these artists and their people is concealed from the public and layered underneath the delicate layered dots of the painting. The many levels of interpretation that painting offers allows insight into their community, yet underneath the iridescent surfaces, there is an underlying sense that there is more to these landscapes than meets the eye.

Exhibiting Artists:
Bonita Kemarre Woodman
Darlene Kemarre Bonney
Bettrina Pula Bundey
Nancy Frank Pitjara
Daisy Kemarre Turner
Margaret Kemarre Ross
Sandra Pula Teece
Kindy Kemarre Ross
Alana Ngwarraye Holmes
Yvonne Ngwarraye Bonney
Rosie Ngwarraye Ross
Rita Pitjara Beasley
Sevania Kemarre Bonney
Louise Pula Luck
Elizabeth Ngwarraye Bonney
Edie Kemarre Holmes
Daisy Kemarre Moss

View the exhibition catalogue here.

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