GUARDIAN SPIRIT

Group Exhibition

9 September — 2 October 2021

GUARDIAN SPIRIT—Painting from the northern interior


‘I’m coming to you in this song,
Here I come still holding your law’ 

—Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Punkillpiri 2009

 
Reflecting on the decade since the passing of Nyurapayia—along with many of her contemporaries from the late desert art movement—it is apparent to me that the paintings were created to transcend the purely aesthetic. Rather, they belong culturally and socially in a place far more important to us.  No matter how beautiful the canvases are, the work of the artists is in fact a direct and unbroken communion with the law, spirits and custodianship of this country. This is a law that has been held for countless millennia. For these artists, creating paintings was not just about providing for the gallery system and museums, nor was it about the collections in which the paintings would ultimately hang.  Rather, it was a conscious act for these artists to ensure a continuation of the understanding of what makes this place and how we should exist in it.  Their paintings contain iconography and stories that intertwine—holding a power that is deeper than any contemporary document that may lay claim to the land.

Imagine for one moment that the visual legacy of the great artists created in the last 50 years never happened. How little would we now understand? The enormity of what has been gifted to Australia and around the world through the Aboriginal art movement is incalculable. It is the usual path for societies to realise what they have after it is gone. As a nation, we are lucky that we have been left with such an exquisite legacy for us to better understand our place in this land.  The generosity of spirit of the people who knew it all and have been willing to share it in paint is the greatest endowment for which a society could hope. 

Ralph Hobbs,
September, 2021

VIEW CATALOGUE with full provenance documentation and links to unique video content and press articles—Major works

VIEW CATALOGUE with full provenance documentation and links to unique video content and press articles—Small works

\ Exhibition featured works

Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Mat Weaving

2005 \ Synthetic polymer paint on canvas \ 247 x 202.5cm

SOLD

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Rockholes Near the Olgas (Panel 5)

Acrylic on board \ 39.5 x 27cm framed

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Rockholes near the Olgas (Panel 4)

Acrylic on board \ 39.5 x 27cm framed

Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri

Rockholes west of kintore

Cat No.10109268 \ Acrylic on linen \ 121 x 152.5cm

Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri

Rockholes west of kintore

Cat No: AENAPWM001456PAG \ Acrylic on linen \ 150 x 182cm (framed)

SOLD

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Sandhills (10-06913)

Acrylic on linen \ 133.5 x 182.5cm

SOLD

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Untitled

Cat: AETPN25SY \ Acrylic on linen \ 182 x 152cm

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled (MRSB16/2007BPG)

2007 \ Acrylic on linen \ 152.5 x 121.5cm

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa

Untitled

CAT No: EGN201035 \ 2010 \ Acrylic on linen \ 182 x 244cm

SOLD

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa

Untitled

Cat No: NHEGN01-0313KM \ Acrylic on linen \ 182 x 244cm

Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa

Untitled

Cat No: KC001NH \ Acrylic on linen \ 152 x 46cm

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled

Cat No: JJC98 \ Acrylic on linen \ 74.5 x 59cm

SOLD

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled

Cat No: MRSB201009 \ Acrylic on linen \ 74.5 x 59cm

HOLD

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled

2008 \ Cat No: MRSB200831 \ Acrylic on linen \ 112 x 35.5cm

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled

2009 \ Cat No: AEMRSB200939-JJC59SY \ Acrylic on linen \ 122 x 305cm

SOLD

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Untitled

Cat No: AEMRSB120AD \ Acrylic on linen \ 74 x 59cm

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Untitled

2011 \ Cat No. AETPN201011 \ Acrylic on linen \ 152.5 x 121.5cm

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Untitled

Cat No: TPN201019 \ 2010 \ Acrylic on linen \ 182 x 244cm

HOLD

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled Drawing II

Watercolour on paper \ 68.5 x 49cm (framed size)

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled I

2013 \ Etching 4 \ 49 x 39.5cm (framed size) \ Edition 10/10

Naata Nungurrayi

Untitled drawing I

Watercolour on paper \ 68.5 x 49cm (framed size)

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