Centering

Group show

26 Jun

2024

2024

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17 Aug

2024

At mid-year we're reflecting on our exhibitions thus far and preparing for the projects ahead. We've rehung the few remaining paintings by Sarah Brown alongside artists of that country to expand on the landscape and culture of the central desert.

Sarah Brown's landscape paintings express the love of country that she has dedicated her life to. The places depicted are on the way to remote communities including Papunya, Kiwirrkurra, Kaltukatjatara (Docker River) and Ntaria (Hermannsburg) where Sarah visits as CEO of Purple House dialysis units. 

Reggie Uluru is traditional ownerof Uluru and paints his  Tjukurpa, WatiNgintaka (Perentie Lizard Man) in and of his country. 

Cynthia Burke, Esmeralda Kulitjaand Rene Kulitja are artists with Maruku Arts at the base of Uluru wherethey depict living on country with burnt etching on wood.  

Carbiene Mcdonald  paints his homelands and four Tjukurpa (Dreamings) inherited from his father,specifically the sequence of waterholes between Docker River and Kata Tjuta.  

Centering is a focus on thecentre of this country at the centre of this year.

ESMERELDA KULITJA Tjuniyanta Outstation WB948-21 Burnt etching and acrylic on plywood 60 x 120 cm

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Sarah Brown

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Sarah Brown AM is renowned CEO of Purple House and a celebrated Mparntwe (Alice Springs) artist.

Sarah Brown’s landscape paintings express the love of country that she has dedicated her life to. The dramatic desert skies, rich shades of red earth and pop of spinifex is meticulously rendered in vivid colour.

Painting is a distraction for Sarah, a balm, done after hours and weekends after a busy working day. She has invested three decades of her life to remote area nursing and community-led healthcare for Indigenous Australians. Her advocacy for Purple House the Indigenous-owned dialysis service is famous and has been awarded an Order of Australia.

Northern Territory advocate and artist Chips Mackinolty acclaims “In between kids and kidneys, she is also a great painter”.

Sarah Brown has been painting for over two decades, she has held 15 solo shows including in Alice Springs, Darwin, Canberra, Sydney and Singapore and participated in many group exhibitions throughout Australia.

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Reggie Uluru

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“ I was born in Paramita near Indulkana in the bush, and was given my name at Todd Morden station. As a boy I was grown up by my sister in the nearby station Amuroona, then as a young man in Mimili. I spent much of my working life as a stockman in the northern lands of South Australia before returning to my father’s country, Uluru. I was strong from hard work on horses, but my brother Cassidy was quicker. Mostly we looked after cattle, and sometimes camels. Had to be careful as they were mean…bite you.”

As a well-known traditional owner of Uluru, Reggie took part in the official handback by the Australian Federal Government in 1985. He worked as a ranger in the jointly managed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before becoming a tour guide with Anangu Tours.

He has taught countless visitors his ancestral lore and is a leading elder in Mutitjulu community and senior singer for ceremony at Uluru.

“I feel proud to teach young ones about Country, my Tjukurpa, our learning stories, about family ancestors, how to find waterholes and best tucker. Show them the right way, connection to culture how my father taught me long time ago. I now live at old people’s (aged care) in Mutitjulu, where I paint Wati Ngintaka (Perentie Lizard Man).”

- Reggie Uluru

Courtesy of Walkatjara Art Uluru 2023

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Cynthia Burke

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Cynthia Burke was born in Alice Springs and grew up in the central desert of Western Australia. She has been a youth and media worker for many years and hosts a weekly radio programme for Radio NGm. Cynthia is an internationally exhibited painter with Warakurna Artists and also works with Tjanpi Desert Weavers. She is one of Maruku’s foremost up and coming wood carvers, and in 2014 became one of its youngest directors. She carries on the traditions of the Tjukurpa, the Law and way of life governing her country.

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Esmerelda Kulitja

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Esmerelda Kulitja is the daughter of well known artist Rene Kulitja and granddaughter of renowned wood carvers Topsy Tjulyata and Walter Pukutiwara. As a school student with Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal College she painted with Walkatjara Art and did her first painting for Maruku in February, 2007. Esmerelda grew up in the Mutitjulu Community in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where her family was strongly involved in traditional land management, tourism and the arts. More recently she has been living in her father’s country at Docker River.

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Rene Kulitja

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Mutitjulu, NT

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Rene grew up in Ernabella and Amata in the north of South Australia before marrying and moving to Docker River and later Mutitjulu. Her parents Walter Pukutiwara and Topsy Tjulyata, were acclaimed wood carvers and founders of Maruku Arts. Rene is a member of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Joint Management, the NPY Women’s Council Executive, and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Rene was also a founding director of Walkatjara Art and a current director and previous chair of Maruku. Rene spends much of her time travelling as both artist and advocate for her people.

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Carbiene McDonald

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Carbiene McDonald was born in Papunya in 1961, son of Snowy McDonald and as a young man, he travelled back to his father's homelands and inherited his Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). This Dreaming is associated with a series of waterholes running between Docker River and Kata Tjuta. Specifically, it includes four important sites: Petermann Ranges, Docker River, Kalaya Murrpu (Blood's Range) and Mulyayti near Kata Tjuta.

Carbiene’s work embodies quality of innovation within tradition, and his practice of filling the canvas with coloured squares of loose acrylic paint creates work of immense depth and sophistication. Having only taken up painting later in life in 2018, his passion for painting coupled with his extreme dedication and enthusiasm has led him to quickly make a name for himself.

Winner of the prestigious Hadley’s Art Prize (2019), finalist in the Vincent Lingiari Art Award (2019) his work is held in Art Gallery of NSW Collection, Charles Darwin University Collection and in private collections in Australia.

Courtesy of Papunya Tjupi Arts

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