Mother, Country, Tjukurrpa | Aboriginal Art

1st February - 5th March 2022

Mother Country Tjukurrpa is an exhibition of Aboriginal paintings illustrating the connections in Aboriginal society between the land, tradition, culture, family and their defining dreaming stories or ‘Tjukurrpa’.

Tjukurrpa refers to the creation period and the origins of country, objects, songs, and stories. Each artwork illustrates a personal connection between the artist and the story they are conveying.

Showcasing artworks reflecting ancient relationships in a contemporary setting, the exhibition highlights the diversity in Australian Aboriginal art, which stems from a culture that can be traced back over sixty-five thousand years. The exhibition is a visual portrayal of how Aboriginal art has evolved in a contemporary setting and is not confined or constrained by its traditional cultural form.

Aboriginal people have maintained traditional stories and lore through various means over the millennia, primarily by dance, ceremony, and verbal means. Their artwork today provides an alternative method of storytelling and cultural maintenance. Through their paintings Aboriginal people convey knowledge, tradition, and history.

Aboriginal art is a dynamic, influential, and compelling artform. Unrestrained when it comes to the rules around composition and colour theory, it has a freedom in its approach that invites the use of intuition and personal perception in mark making and visual storytelling.

Artists featured include Kudditji Kngwarreye, Barney EllagaLorna Fencer Napurrula and Tommy Watson

  1. Kailung Hudson | Zeloh

    230 x 55cm

    Woven retrieved ghost net on a wire sub structure


    69 x 87.5cm

    acrylic on linen

  3. Josie Petrick Kemarre | Bush Berry Dreaming A5030

    120 x 180cm

    acrylic on linen

  4. Monica Napaltjarri | My Country A3866

    129 x 183cm

    acrylic on linen

  5. Janet Long Nakamarra | Ngapa (Water Dreaming) MK17772

    60.5 x 123cm

    acrylic on linen

  6. Tommy Watson | My Country A15241

    60 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen


    335 x 205cm

    acrylic on linen

  8. Patrick Tjungurrayi | Tingari MK16827

    120 x 203cm

    acrylic on linen

  9. Tommy Watson | My Country A15172

    60 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

  10. Barney Ellaga | Munga Munga (Mermaids) A3277

    60 x 84cm

    acrylic on canvas


    197 x 198cm

    acrylic on linen

  12. Eunice Napanangka Jack | Tali (My Country) A16019

    140 x 140cm

    acrylic on linen

  13. Alice Nampitjinpa | Tali (Sandhills) MK16746

    120 x 180cm

    acrylic on linen

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