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Group show: Richard Larter and Angelina Pwerle (over)

1 February 2005 until 26 February 2005
  Richard Larter and Angelina Pwerle
Richard Larter Julie #187, 2003 Angelina Pwerle Bush plum dreaming (detail), 2004
  Niagara Galleries

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Niagara Galleries

is pleased to present two exciting exhibitions this month.

Richard Larter

Richard Larter is one of Australia's most distinguished senior painters. Larter has produced an impressive body of work over a period of almost 50 years. Larter came to prominence in the 1960s with a number of pop inspired works. His colourful imagery from this period references contemporary politics and culture in a fresh and lively manner. These early works display Larter's excellent draughtsmanship as well as his eye for brilliant and provocative colour.

Over the ensuing years, Larter has explored both figurative and abstract painting. In his most recent show at Niagara, a series of nudes were displayed along-side glitter infused landscapes and hallucinogenic abstracts. These works leapt off the wall, like the excited efforts of a young painter. For a man entering his seventh decade, this is no small achievement.

A number of Larter's works, as well as being seductive objects, negotiate desire and pornography in often confronting fashion. These works, although hard, are important additions to a continuing dialogue on censorship and public forms of eroticism.

Larter is English born but moved to Australia with his wife Pat, in 1962. Until her death in 1996, Pat was an artist, film maker and active collaborator with Larter throughout his career, modelling for a great number of his paintings. In 1996 Larter was awarded the prestigious Joan and Peter Clemenger Art Award for long-term excellence. His work is included in all major public collections in Australia, as well as numerous private collections in Australia and overseas. He currently lives and works in Narrabundah, ACT.

Richard Larter
Julie #187, 2003
Acrylic on canvas
66 x 60cm

Angleina Pwerle

Like many of the Utopia women artists, Angelina Pwerle began producing work with the Indonesian technique of Batik in 1986. Not long after, canvas and acrylic paint was introduced to her community and it has largely been in this medium that Angelina has come to national and international prominence.

Angelina's work is predominantly concerned with representations of the bush plum dreaming. This subject matter has been given varied forms of expression. She has worked with intense areas of dotting, tiny marks that are built up over a dark ground to create an ambiguous surface that shifts and moves with remarkable liveliness. Other paintings have also incorporated a looser style using a brush. These works have been characterised by intense patches of colour and elegant outlining of shapes.

Angelina also produces carved figures. These sculptures of animals are striking. They are bold simplified forms decorated with bright colours or natural ochres.

Born c.1952, Angelina lives and works in Ngkawenyerre, Utopia, Northern Territory. Her work has been collected by many significant public and private collections including the Holmes Court Collection, the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.

Angelina Pwerle fully illustrated colour catalogue is available.

Angelina Pwerle
Bush plum dreaming (detail), 2004
Acrylic on canvas
175.5 x 120cm

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