Showing: 26 November -- 18 January 2008
Opening: Sunday 30 November, 2.00pm
A Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and Arts Park travelling exhibition.
A selection of significant Aboriginal art from the Ken Hinds Collection. Includes watercolours from the 1940's Namatjira watercolour school; those of the most significant artists of the Papunya, Kintore and related schools of painting; Arnhem Land barks; works in ochre from the Kimberley adn Torres Strait Islands; and Naif and figurative works.
graphic to the right: Long Tom Tjapanankga, Detail, Puli Tjuta (Many Hills), acrylic on canvas, 122 z 173cm, 1999.
Rare chance to see blossoming of Aboriginal art
See how Aboriginal art evolved from Albert Namatjira watercolours to the stunning modern works that are fetching record auction-house prices at the opening of a new exhibition in Caloundra this weekend.
Across Country is a selection of Aboriginal art spanning watercolours from the 1940s Namatjira watercolour school, significant artists of the Papunya and Kintore schools of painting, Arnhem Land barks, works from the Kimberley and Torres Strait Islands and the more colourful contemporary works.
It opens at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery at 2pm on Sunday, with a free public event including an official opening by former senator former senator, Executive Chairman of Indigenous Tourism Australia Aden Ridgeway and a welcome to country by local Gubbi Gubbi cultural performer Lyndon Davis.
Gallery Director John Waldron said the works were taken from the Ken Hinds Cultural Collection, which includes a treasure trove of significant Aboriginal art works held by the local collector who has travelled deep into the western desert of central Australia and elsewhere.
"The hidden story is that of the collector and his passion to form a close connection with the artists," Mr Waldron said.
"Ken travelled many miles and at times spent many days with the artists and their community to understand their country and stories.
"These meetings and friendships were documented photographically however it is through his recollections that you begin to understand their impact on Ken."
Mr Waldron said the Sunshine Coast Council had commissioned an oral history of Hinds' life which would be included in future exhibitions, together with his photographs.
The exhibition's lead curator Susan McCulloch said that Ken Hinds' indigenous collection had grown to around 800 to 1000 works.
"The strength of Hinds' indigenous collection lies in its range and what this reveals of the depth of Aboriginal art as it has grown over the years," she said.
Across Country is a Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and Arts Park travelling exhibition, supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program, and the Sunshine Coast Council.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra
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