Angelina Pwerle, Bush plum, 2009
acrylic on linen, 151 x 152cm
In contrast to Angelina's 2008 exhibition of panoramic horizontal canvases at Niagara, this new body of work features many thin vertical panels on strong coloured backgrounds. Tiny dots proliferate the surface, and whether they are "only" white or in various primary colours, they take on many tones as the intensity and density of each dot is carefully structured to incredible effect. Colours seem to unfold across the canvas, and we can imagine the flowers of the bush plum blooming and spreading their essence.
Director of Niagara Galleries, Bill Nuttall, has represented Angelina Pwerle since 1993 when he saw some of her early sculptural work, but when the first canvas was delivered to the gallery, her talents in this medium were also evident. Her first solo exhibition was in 1996, and this will be her eighth solo show at Niagara Galleries. Most recently, Angelina was a finalist in the 26th Telstra Art Awards, and her entry is featured in this show. In addition she has been included in a significant number of group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas, including Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art which toured Spain and the Dreamtime exhibition at the Sammlung Essl in Germany, in 2001. Pwerle's work is held in many major private and public collections in Australia and overseas including The Holmes à Court Collection; The Kerry Stokes Collection; Allen Allen and Hemsley; Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne; the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
Utopia Sculptures 1993 - 2005
This collection of sculptures from Utopia has been gathered by Bill Nuttall over many years and we are very pleased to be presenting this wonderful, diverse body of work from the Utopia sculptors.
Some of the sculptors have become better known for their distinctive work. Marc Gooch credits Billy Petyarre as the greatest teacher of carving in the area. Other notable artists from the early days are Wally Pwerle, Lucky Kngwarreye, Cowboy Louie Pwerle and brother Louie Pwerle, Queenie Kemarre and Maggie Panunga. Whilst Niagara now chooses to represent only a small number of the Utopia artists, we remember fondly the days when consignments from the community would arrive and we would eagerly unpack the boxes, delighted and surprised at each treasure found within.
Bill has selected almost 100 works for this exhibition. Gathered all together, it looks just like a party. There are all types and characters represented. Cheeky, fun, colourful, thoughtful, sinister, elegant, haughty, quizzical. The personalities of the figures and birds are as unique as the artists who made them, and it is a true pleasure to host this remarkable gathering.
A fully illustrated combined catalogue of both exhibitions is available for $11.00 plus postage and handling.