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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Reflections

Flushed and green with recent rain the desert below, in these crisp smokeless skies, brightly reflects down upon our under-wings. Tall trailing sand-dunes – ‘Tali’ in the Anangu (meaning local) Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages – sprout sprays of spinifex and … Continue reading

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Through Cool Air and Clear Skies

The engine on our Cessna 210 runs like a dream; the propeller easily spurting into action when the magnetos connect with the turning ignition key. The aircraft settles into a vibrating hum of happiness as we taxi to the holding … Continue reading

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Artist Ms Peggy Patrick Dirrmingali Nangari (AM) Painting ‘Loomoogoo’ Natural Ochres on Belgian Linen 1500 x 1500 mm (Detail)

With Peggy’s song cycle repertoire and cultural knowledge said to be akin to an encyclopaedia, in this painting Ms. Peggy Patrick is sharing with us ‘Loomoogoo (Pompey’s Pillar)’. ‘Loomoogoo’ – both a consistent force of language, and a natural rock … Continue reading

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Natural Earth Pigments From Kimberley

Mined, dug for or burnt, these lustrous ochre pigments are prized and were once traded across Australia in exchange for pearl shell from coastal regions, green stone axes far far south (near Melbourne) or for weaponry, such as boomerangs from … Continue reading

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Kimberley, The Art, The Rock

Landing on the dirt airstrip belonging to 760,000 acres of Kimberley cattle station, we climb on board my friend’s 4WD. Swaying across river rocks and down red dusty tracks, through kangaroo high grasses, past bright red Kimberley Roses and brilliantly … Continue reading

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Palya Art Tours takes flight from coastal Broome in Western Australia to journey across the Kimberley

With the cooler season air making for smooth flying we flew low across the undulating terrain, interspersed with golden ranges, 350 million year old Devonian craggy grey reefs and glittering low level estuaries. Each minute airborne becoming visual feast. Come … Continue reading

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