The first exhibition of its kind to be presented in Australia is launched in Rutherglen tonight.
Northern Exposure – Stories from Lockhart River and Fitzroy Crossing celebrates and connects viewers with the joys of life on Country, Dreamtime spirits (Wandjina) and culture.
The three artist exhibition showcases a collection of modernist Aboriginal art, created at vast distances apart, yet each containing a collective spirit for Country and a desire for the artists to place great importance on respect for sacred sites and protection of the land.
The exhibition features large impactful spirit figure and story-telling works by Jack Macale Loodgengardinge (Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley, WA); stories of friendship, food gathering and observation of landscape by late artist Adrian King (Lockhart River, Cape York, QLD); plus super grand scale abstract colour fields paintings by Patrick Butcher (Lockhart River, Cape York, QLD) that directly translate the beauty of colour and movement within nature to canvas.
Currently works from all artists are held by major art institutions and museums including: the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery and the National Museum of Australia.
An exhibition that’s collective voice speaks of environmental care, the importance Country, sacred sites and a sense of tribal togetherness Northern Exposure – Stories from Lockhart River and Fitzroy Crossing promises to be one of the memorable exhibitions of 2019.
The exhibition launches tonight and continues for the next three months at Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery at DeBortoli Rutherglen Estate.