Pestles and Frames, Brushes and Wheels, Warmun Art Pounds Out

Busy being boxed up and crated for Perth right now are four gorgeous paintings by Warmun Gija artists Tommy Carrol, Gordon Barney and Rammey Ramsey.

Rammey Ramsey, 'Warlawoon', 1400 x 1000 mm, Acrylic and Natural Ochre on Canvas. © The Artist and Warmun Art Centre. Palya Art Catalogue N° C-2693

Painted in Kimberley classic perspectives, aerial and lateral views combined, both are enmeshed with the force of Gija culture.

Destined for Palya Art’s yearly group Art Centre show, the artworks will be ready for viewing in real life on 26th July.

The pigments mostly used in these stirring, warm, paintings are ochres; real rock and earth collected locally and ground by hand to a fine powder.

Crushed to a grain of individual liking, or burnt to a desired colour – such as yellow mineral into a deep rich red, these pulverisations are mixed with acrylic binders into a pliable pigment. Ochre paintings from Warmun Art Centre aren’t meant to be rolled up like acrylic paintings from the central desert, but remain stretched, ready to hang.

The paintings start their lives as lengths of linen or canvas stretched over wooden frames. They are then primed and painted with the rich ochre pigments that make the region famous. Completed over time and then, when dry, photographed, the artworks are catalogued to begin their provenance life and the artist’s story written down.

The paintings are then wrapped and packed with great care. When enough artworks are ready to make the long journey, and a vehicle is available, the precious load heads out up the winding, rock sided road, and on through the escarpments and plains, for Kununurra.

From Kununurra, forward addressing is meticulously attended to before the painting departs by road or air. Sensuous, potent, knowledge filled messengers of Gija Culture.

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