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Minimalism in Aboriginal Art

5th April - 30th April 2022

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An exhibition of Aboriginal paintings that embrace the notion of minimalism is showing at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley from April 5th.

Some of the artworks created by Central Australian Aboriginal artists at the start of the contemporary art movement in 1971 were simple designs featuring iconography used in traditional ceremonies, with only those involved understanding their true meaning.

The paintings featured in the exhibition utilize minimalistic compositions to portray story lines in their purest visual form. Using simple geometric designs the artists depict tales of country, ceremonial body painting and interpretations of ancient, sacred stories.

The term ‘minimalism’ was first coined in the United States in the late 1950’s, its movement challenging preconceived notions of what art is and could be. The artworks in this exhibition challenge the viewers perceptions of Aboriginal art and highlight the spirit of the artist’s stories in their truest form.

  1. Willy Tjungurrayi | Kungka Juta A16177

    120 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,000.00
  2. TINPULYA MERVYN | WOMEN'S DREAMING MK17617

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,200.00
  3. Nancy Kunoth Petyarre | Awelye (Body Painting) A11934

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $7,000.00
  4. Mitjili Napurrula | Watiya Juta A4445

    120 x 183cm

    acrylic on linen

    $8,500.00
  5. Barney Ellaga | Dum Ngun Ngata Nyana A4094

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

    $1,900.00
  6. George Tjungurrayi | Tingari A14366

    90 x 90cm

    acrylic on linen

    $11,000.00
  7. Christine Christophersen | The Balance of Women

    115 x 127cm

    acrylic on canvas

    $7,500.00
  8. Christine Christophersen | The Balance of Men

    115 x 127cm

    acrylic on canvas

    $7,500.00
  9. MOLLY JUGADAI NAPALTJARRI | KAARKURUTINYTJA (LAKE MCDONALD) A15719

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,600.00
  10. Tommy Carroll | Nganjiwarr Country

    120 x 180cm

    ochre on canvas

    $5,500.00
  11. Phyllis Thomas | Rugan Dry Time

    45 x 120cm

    ochre on canvas

    $2,300.00
  12. Rusty Peters | Goanna Spring

    90 x 120cm

    ochre on canvas

    $6,500.00
  13. Shirley Purdie | Violet Valley

    61 x 92cm

    ochre on canvas

    $2,800.00
  14. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa | Tingari A15419

    30 x 90cm

    acrylic on linen

    $3,500.00
  15. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa | Tingari A15418

    30 x 90cm

    acrylic on linen

    $3,500.00
  16. Margaret Loy Pula | Awelye (Body Painting) MK18232

    147.5 x 36cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,500.00
  17. Margaret Loy Pula | Awelye (Body Painting) MK18233

    147.5 x 35.5cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,500.00
  18. George Yapa Tjangala | Untitled A3810

    76 x 100cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,100.00
  19. Gloria Petyarre | Medicine Leaves A15897

    30 x 40cm

    acrylic on linen

    $700.00
  20. Nancy Kunoth Petyarre | Awelye (Body Painting) A12291

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,200.00
  21. Nancy Kunoth Petyarre | Awelye (Body Painting) A12292

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

    $2,200.00
  22. Tatali Napurrula | Tali (Sandhills) MK18273

    92 x 91cm

    acrylic on linen

    $1,400.00
  23. Nellie Marks Nakamarra | Kungka Tjukurrpa MK18274

    60.5 x 60.5cm

    acrylic on linen

    $650.00
  24. Nellie Marks Nakamarra | Kungka Tjukurrpa MK18275

    60.5 x 60.5cm

    acrylic on linen

    $650.00
  25. Nellie Marks Nakamarra | Kungka Tjukurrpa MK18276

    60.5 x 60.5cm

    acrylic on linen

    $650.00
  26. Nellie Marks Nakamarra | Kungka Tjukurrpa MK18278

    61 x 60.5cm

    acrylic on linen

    $650.00
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