Country, 16 June - 11 July 2015
Warmun is a community of about 400 people. At its heart is the Art Centre where more than 50 established and emerging Gija artists continue the traditions begun in the mid-1970s by painters including Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie.
Australia's physical and cultural terrain has meant that for many remote Aboriginal communities their art-making traditions have become an important source of income. However, in the face of poverty, racism, and the 'tyranny of distance' Aboriginal art-making also works to maintain, celebrate and share cultural knowledge, helping keep it alive for future generations.
Warmun artists use crushed ochres, charcoal and natural earth pigments to make artworks that draw on traditional Ngarrankarni (Dreaming) stories as well as contemporary perspectives. Uniquely, they literally paint their country with their country and it is this velvety, organic quality that has contributed to success not only in Australia and New Zealand, where they are represented in all the Australian State Gallery collections and Auckland Art Gallery's Chartwell Collection, but also in Paris, where a significant body of work has been acquired by the Musee du Quai Branly.