Masterpieces from the Western Desert

Group Exhibition

22 February — 10 March 2018

Masterpieces from the Western Desert is an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous paintings held at Nanda\Hobbs in Sydney.

Although vastly different in aesthetic imagery and iconography, the works speak of the vast interior of Australia, the country, its people and the mythology that pervades every sandhill and waterhole throughout.

Powerful, delicate and immensely important to our contemporary culture, these remarkable works were created to keep the artists’ ancient stories alive. The great truism of history – is that to understand the present one must first understand the past – and for these artists, the past has a lineage that goes back over 40,000 years. For us, the viewer as a willing participant, we have access to an understanding of the ancient ways, as much as the artists allow under their law- the result for our contemporary world can only be beneficial.

At the heart of this exhibition is the overwhelming Genius - Loci – (Spirit of Place) – it pervades every inch of every canvas and ultimately has captured the imaginations (head and heart) of collectors and institutions the world over.

Ralph Hobbs
February 2018

\ Exhibition featured works

Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri

Country West of Kintore (AENAPW10-08544PAG)

2010 \ Acrylic on linen (stretched, unframed) \ 184x181cm

Kathleen Petyarre

Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming

2009 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 180x240cm

SOLD

Yannima Tommy Watson

Pirupa Kalarintja (TW5KM)

2013 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 91x121cm (unframed size)

Yannima Tommy Watson

Pukara (TWKM19)

2013 \ Acrylic on linen \ 91x121cm

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Rockholes and country near the Olgas (77-07344)

2007 \ Acrylic on linen (stretched, unframed) \ 122x61.5cm

SOLD

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Rockholes and country near the olgas (03-07380)

2007 \ Acrylic on linen (stretched, unframed) \ 134.5x180.5cm

SOLD

Willy Tjungurrayi

Tali (WT200518)

Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 77x92cm (unframed size)

SOLD

Billy Pareroultja Tjungurrayi

Untitled (BP16-22KM)

2016 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 121x92cm (unframed size)

Nyilyari Tjapangati

Untitled (KM143)

2008 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 98.5x122cm

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled (KM7SF)

2011 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 123.5x154cm

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled (MRSB3KM)

2010 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 91x122cm (unframed size)

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled (NNKW18-2012-13)

2012 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 152x46cm (unframed size)

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled (NNKW19201213)

2002 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 152x46cm (unframed size)

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled (NNKW20201213)

2012 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 152x46cm (unframed size)

Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula

Untitled (PTA-JY0405125)

2004 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 126.5x126.5cm

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Untitled

2007 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 123.5x183.5cm

Yannima Tommy Watson

Wati Kutjara (AETW20KM)

2013 \ Acrylic on linen (stretched, unframed) \ 121.5x91cm

SOLD

Yannima Tommy Watson

Wati Kutjara (TWKM92)

2013 \ Acrylic on linen (framed) \ 91x121cm (unframed size)

\ Installation image

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\ Other exhibitions

Laura Matthews

Rivers, roads and relics

16 August — 1 September 2018

Christopher Horder

Hotel Tiepolo

4 July — 21 July 2018

Kathrin Longhurst

PROTAGONIST

14 June — 30 June 2018

Contact Us

to find out more about Masterpieces from the Western Desert.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday