Called “Life Changing” by Travellers – Real Australia

Palya Art Tour C404 Chartered Aircraft Image:Helen Read Crossing the North West, Palya Art Tours covers vast distances by ‘plane visiting Indigenous community owned art enterprises. Often called ‘Life Changing’ by travellers during the journey, the real Australia is revealed. … Continue reading

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George Tjampu Tjapaltjarri & The Creation Snake ‘Karpadi’

George (Tjampu) Tjapaltjarri ‘Karpadi’ Painting Acrylic on Linen 1530 x 1830 mm 2002 ©The Artist Papunya Tula Artists & Helen Read. . Rhythm and movement signatures George Tjampu Tjapaltjarri’s painting. The piece titled ‘Karpadi’, shown above, with it’s intriguing central … Continue reading

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Eubena Nampitjin. Law Woman, Woman, Painter, Teacher & Blue Blooded Queen of Balgo.

Eubena Nampitjin’s Painting (Canning Stock Route, Marlu Track & Waterholes) Acrylic Pigment On Canvas. 1200 x 1800 mm. 1997. ©The Artist’s Estate, Warlayirti Artists & Helen Read. . The privilege will never fade, seeing Eubena impregnate a clean canvas surface … Continue reading

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Sally Gabori & Holbein’s Skull

‘Viewpoint’ Image & Text Helen Read . Placing a foot on Bentinck Island way South East of Arnhem Land, into the Gulf of Carpentaria, we arrived by small aeroplane to visit Sally Gabori. It was intriguing to see the coastline … Continue reading

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Maningrida Marvels

Leila Nimbadj From Maningrida Nursery Shredding Bark For Fibre (Brachychiton Megaphyllus) Palya Art Tours Photo&Text:Helen Read . . With Darwin 550 kms to the west, Maningrida was established as a trading post after World War 11. A coastal settlement in … Continue reading

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Wings Over Balgo & Richard Tax Tjupurrula, The Rainmaker

Richard Tax Tjupurrula’s ‘Untitled’ (Rainmaking) Painting 1993. ©Warlayirti Artists and Helen Read. Palya Art Tours (ex. Didgeri Air Art Tours) Piper Navajo Aircraft ‘PDN’ . . It’s 1993 and Warlayirti Artists’ hub is nestled in ‘The Sister’s Laundry’ at the … Continue reading

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Sights & Seeing – Dr. George Tjapaltjarri

It was Dr. George Tjapaltjarri who would take us under his own wing and help us to see, the way he, exquisitely, sees. On my first flight out to Walungurru (Kintore) from Alice Springs, there weren’t Global Positioning Systems (GPS)’s … Continue reading

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Aboriginal, Indigenous Art Criticism

I have come to the conclusion that there are five broad groups of Indigenous art to appreciate. Those artworks created to archive knowledge, those made for teaching, those to trade, those created for professional aesthetic pleasure, and the paintings and … Continue reading

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Bai Bai Sunfly Shares Her Knowledge. Palya Art in Melbourne

New paintings, sculptures and etchings on rich paper from the artists’ owned Art Centres are now on show in Palya Art’s new unique spaces in Richmond, Melbourne. The artists’ art pieces have been transported from remote community Art Centres to … Continue reading

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