'Place of Stones' | Barney Ellaga
Exhibiting September - November 2016
An exhibition by the late Aboriginal artist Barney Ellaga is currently on display at the Sofitel Brisbane Central in Turbot St, Brisbane.
‘Place of Stones’ is a collection of artwork never exhibited in its entirety, with the most recent painting completed in 2004.
Barney Ellaga, born c1939, lived in the remote Northern Territory community of Minyerri in Southern Arnhem Land.
He was a senior Aboriginal law man and until his recent passing in late 2015 was the last remaining song man of the Alawa people. Ellaga had intimate knowledge of his traditional homelands and it is this subject, Alawa Country, which his work most represents.
Ellaga paints his maternal and paternal Dreamings and his distinct style and exuberant use of colour portray the stories of his country and his ancestors.
“Barney was a leader in developing a style of art that is now considered distinct for this area,” says Mike Mitchell, Director Mitchell Fine Art “He was an innovator and wildly extravagant in his use of colour and imagery.”
Ellaga is represented in many corporate and institutional collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.
The Aboriginal community of Minyerri (Place of Stones) is located on the Roper River in Southeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and is known for it’s vibrant artistic community, distinct style and exuberant use of colour. Paintings from this area portray the diverse landscape and culturally significant sites of Alawa country.