ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW

Nga Iwi Moemoea: The Dreaming People

15 September - 03 October 2020

Tim Melville is proud to present Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming Peoplea group exhibtiion of Aboriginal painting on canvas, paper, and bark from 4 Aboriginal Art Centres.

Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre – Arnhem Land, NT
Warmun Art – East Kimberley, WA
Warakurna Artists – Gibson Desert, WA, over the border from Uluru / Alice Springs 
Jilamara Arts – Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin

At the centre of the show is a suite of three extraordinary Larrakitj -memorial poles – made from hollow Stringybark logs. 
The artist, Manini Gumana, works at Buku-Larrngay Mulka and has painted the Larrkitj with earth pigments and ochres.
Their wave-like patterning refers to the saltwater currents surrounding the Djalma Bay peninsula of the artist’s country.
Hollow logs like these were traditionally used as burial poles. They would be painted with designs belonging to the deceased – whose bones were placed inside – before being installed in the landscape to be worn away by sun, wind, rain and fire. 
In 1988 a group of Yolngu artists made 200 Larrakitj for Australia’s Bicentenary – as memorials to an Aboriginal population decimated over 200 years as well as to assert ongoing ownership and custodianship of their lands.
Larrakitj are now part of the Aboriginal artistic repertoire and we are proud to offer this rare presentation in New Zealand.

Alongside the memorial poles we are presenting a series of works on paper and canvas from Warakurna Artists, who administer a painting programme at the Wanarn Aged Care Facility. 
This programme encourages the elderly Wanarn artists, many of whom are in palliative care, to paint their country and their cosmology “from the first mornings in the time before time”.

Their loose, wobbly forms and motifs have been beautifully described by anthropologist David Brooks and art historian Darren Jorgensen as “a transect of the dot painting movement, where visual ideas are lost in a blur of paint or a fading of intention that nonetheless whisper in the language of the desert”.
We are pleased to include paintings by Neville McArthur, George Ward Tjungurrayi, Johnson Lane and Nola Campbell.

We are also pleased to present a series of small bark paintings by Djrrirra Wununmurra Yukuwa, from Buku-Larrngay Mulka, and a suite of paintings by artists from Jilamara Arts on Melville Island north of Darwin.
 

In an invitation to a TMG exhibition earlier this year I wrote that as a Maori gallerist (Te Arawa, Te Atiawa) I felt a responsibility to represent a Maori world-view to our predominantly European audience of friends and supporters.
How best to build bridges and encourage connection?
And how best to explore and celebrate indigenous relationships with our Iwi Moemoeā cousins across the water in Australia? 
Might a side-effect of Covid, and of a world increasingly concerned with the environment, be a pivot towards cultures more experienced at co-existing with nature?  
Let us hope so.

Photography by Kallan MacLeod

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ANMANARI BROWN
Pukurlpatulatju Palyara Pirrtja
2016
acrylic on archive paper
725mm H x 880mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2016
ink on archive paper
880mm H x 725mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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TJAPARTJI BATES
Kungkarrangkalpa
2012
ink on archive paper
525mm H x 695mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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GEORGE WARD TJUNGURRAYI
Tingarri
2019
acrylic on canvas
995mm H x 760mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2016
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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PHYLLIS THOMAS
Gemerre
2015
natural ochre and pigment on canvas
1800mm H x 1800mm W

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2016
acrylic on canvas
760mm H x 760mm W

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2016
acrylic on canvas
1025mm H x 780mm W (frame)

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2017
acrylic on canvas
1025mm H x 780mm W (frame)
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2017
acrylic on canvas
510mm H x 760mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2017
acrylic on canvas
510mm H x 760mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2016
acrylic on canvas
1015mm H x 510mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker
2016
acrylic on canvas
1015mm H x 510mm W

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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MANINI GUMANA
Garrapara
2019
earth pigments on stringybark hollow pole
2100mm H x 230mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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MANINI GUMANA
Garrapara (Detail)
2019
earth pigments on stringybark hollow pole
2100mm H x 230mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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MANINI GUMANA
Garrapara
2019
earth pigments on stringybark hollow pole
1970mm H x 190mm W

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MANINI GUMANA
Garrapara (Detail)
2019
earth pigments on stringybark hollow pole
1970mm H x 190mm W

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MANINI GUMANA
Garrapara
2019
earth pigments on stringybark hollow pole
1870mm H x 210mm W

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MANINI GUMANA
Garrapara (Detail)
2019
earth pigments on stringybark hollow pole
1870mm H x 210mm W

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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NANCY TJUNGUPI CARNEGIE
Nimparra
2017
ink on paper
725mm H x 880mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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GEORGE WARD TJUNGARRAYI
Tingarri
2019
marker pen on archive paper
725mm H x 880mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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NEVILLE NIYPULA McARTHUR
Lake Baker (2012)
2019
ink on archive paper
725mm H x 880mm W (frame)

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NOLA CAMPBELL
Ngikin Ngikin
2017
ink on paper
725mm H x 880mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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TJUNKA LEWIS
Wakalpuka
2012
ink on archive paper
725mm H x 880mm W (frame)
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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TJUNKA LEWIS
Wakalpuka
2012
ink on archive paper
695mm H x 525mm W (frame)

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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MICHAEL KERINAUIA
Dingo
2009
acrylic on canvas
800mm H x 300mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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LINUS WARLAPINNI
Jilamara
2011
natural ochre and pigment on canvas
800mm H x 300mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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MICHELLE WOODY
Jilamara
2014
acrylic on canvas
800mm H x 300mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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ABORIGINAL GROUP SHOW
Ngā Iwi Moemoeā: The Dreaming People
September 2020
Installation View

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DJARRIRRA WUNUNMURRA YUKUWA
Buyku
2019
natural ochre and pigment on bark
275mm H x 135mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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DJARRIRRA WUNUNMURRA YUKUWA
Buyku
2019
natural ochre and pigment on bark
345mm H x 140mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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DJARRIRRA WUNUNMURRA YUKUWA
Buyku
2019
natural ochre and pigment on bark
270mm H x 125mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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DJARRIRRA WUNUNMURRA YUKUWA
Buyku
2019
natural ochre and pigment on bark
225mm H x 130mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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DJARRIRRA WUNUNMURRA YUKUWA
Buyku
2019
natural ochre and pigment on bark
235mm H x 110mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY