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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Palya Art & Palya Art Tours Map of North West Australian Art Centres (reproduction & use is permitted with retainment of logos, please)

Feisty Friends

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves ‘Bush Potato’ (Yarla Jukurrpa) 2009 880 x 1790 mm ©The Artist, Warnyayaka Art, Palya Art Two feisty friends, Lily Hargraves and Lorna Fencer, both senior Warlpiri women of striking force, will go down in Art History as … Continue reading

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Palya Art’s 2017 Document Brochure

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Regions & Reasons. Rarrk, Plains & Dots

Top: Djirrirra Waunungmurra’s Larrakitj, Detail. Arnhem Land. Centre: Freddie Timms, Detail. Kimberley Bottom: Kathleen Ngala, Detail, Central Australia. Photo&Text Helen Read Sometimes I am asked why Indigenous artists went from painting in cross-hatch style, using earth colours, to the brightly … Continue reading

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Banumbirr, The Morning Star Pole

Image:  Performer and Artist Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi’s Banumbirr. Photo:HelenRead   BANUMBIRR, THE MORNING STAR POLE Binding life and death, identity and land on Elcho Island, exquisite Banumbirr, shown here, are created for ritual purposes including The Mortuary Ceremony. Banumbirr (Morning … Continue reading

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Body Design and The Dance of The Brolga

Copyright©Michaeline & Roslyn Moreen, Milikapiti School, Jilamara Arts and Palya Art. Image&Text:HelenRead   Far north, where two Islands, Bathurst & Melville, make up the Tiwi Isles, Michaeline Moreen practices ‘Painting Up’ her friend Roslyn before she and her Milikapiti School … Continue reading

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PALYA ART TOURS 2017 & 2018

PALYA ART TOUR MAP OF NW AUSTRALIAN ART CENTRES. Creation & Copyright Palya Art   Respectfully visiting artist in conjunction with the artists’ owned Art Centres, these remote area flying art journeys take three days and cost $6,600.00. We depart from … Continue reading

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Painting Country

Helicopter Tjungurrayi©Helicopter, Warlayirti Artists  & Palya Art. Photo:HelenRead2015.   Painting his country near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), Kukatja artist Helicopter Tjungurrayi places his marks in the still silence of concentration until he reaches the jilji’s (sand-dune’s) end. Sitting up straight, viewing … Continue reading

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