ALISON NAMPITJINPA ANDERSON: A solo exhibition
Alison Nampitjinpa Anderson was born in a sandy river bed outside Haasts Bluff in the western desert. She was brought up by her Luritja-Pintupi mother and Warlpiri father at Papunya settlement. In the early 1970s, while still in her early teens, she saw the origins of the western desert art movement first hand: many of her close relations were among the most distinguished painters of the first generation, and she took up painting in her turn as a young woman, working first for Papunya Tula artists, then the Warumpi and Ngurratjuta art centres. Her works are widely collected with solo exhibitions of her art held in recent years in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Her familial ties stretch across large tracts of the western desert, as do her traditional links to the landscape. The country and what lies within it form the central subject of her paintings. The canvases in this exhibition explore her ties to country and her ancestral knowledge, telling very specific stories about Alison's tjukurpa (dreaming). The works on paper continue this association, developing the images and icons that form part of her various inherited song and pictorial narratives. Alison's artworks come together in this exhibition to show the strength and insight of her connection to her art practice and cultural heritage.
THURSDAY 11 - 31 May.
PLEASE JOIN SHORT ST GALLERY AND THE ARTIST TO FORMALLY OPEN THE EXHIBITION, MAY 18 AT 6PM.