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Amata Women's Paintings at QAG

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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Bold and beautiful
This is a small exhibition currently on at QAG which impressed me with its big canvasses and bright colours. It is located on the ground floor of the Queensland Gallery of Art and will be on until the 13/09/2018. It is next to the water feature, which is also worth seeing.

TJALA ARTS is located in Amata in South Australia and it is the art hub of the community, which has become well known for its diverse range of styles and colour palettes.

In 2011, the Gallery commissioned Tjala women to paint the works which appear in the Gallery today. They explore stylistic expressions of Country and the Dreaming story of the Seven Sisters, as well as the story of the Tjala Tjukurpa, the ancestral honey ant.

I always find it helpful with Aboriginal paintings to have information about the painters and the painting. It helps me to appreciate the artwork more and I can look more carefully at the figures and the formations to understand the bigger picture. So I have chosen a few of the artworks here and given you some of the information on the boards, which will hopefully help.

This artwork is called Waturru Nganampa Ngura, Waturru our Country and represents the country and the animals that live there.

Waturru our Country
Waturru our Country

This next artwork relates the story of the honey ant and the Seven sisters Dreaming, which refer to the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. The sisters are the Pleaides and Orion is the man Nyiru, who lusts after the sisters and chases them around the country.

Honey Ant Dreaming
Honey Ant Dreaming

This next work is entitled "My country, My mountain range" painted by a mother, a daughter and a grandmother. They have depicted the mountain ranges near Amata, as well as the plants and animals found there.

My country- mountain range
My country- mountain range

In the following painting called "Punu" ( this is a word that refers to wood art ), two senior law women collaborate to paint two trees from the area where they were born in Western Australia.

Go along and explore the bright stories and colours of the Amata women's paintings.

For more information about this lively and creative group of Aboriginal painters, go to The Art Centre
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Why? Beautiful aboriginal art work.
Phone: 07 3840 7303
Where: Queensland Gallery of Art
Cost: Free.
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