Treated Cow Hide from Alice Springs, Central Australia
Signed with a certificate of authenticity.
This is a rare and important collaborative body of work that consists of 5 contemporary art paintings.
Material: various mixed materials (acrylic, watercolour paint, ground dirt, flood water, glue, cigarettes, charcoal from campfires, beer cans, mosquito net packaging) from Central Australia, painted on cow hide
This series of paintings presented represents the outcome of the contemporary art painting collaboration that took place between the internationally significant Namatjira tradition of Aboriginal artists in the Central Desert, Australia, together with Shannon Alexander Murphy, a critically appraised Non-Aboriginal Australian artist currently based in Berlin, Germany.
Conceptually this body of work symbolises the relationship that Aboriginal Australians and Non-Aboriginal Australians
have to their land, to their culture and to each other. Each painting presents a perspective on these relations
through the use of motifs. These motifs range from the aggressive to the provocative through to the sublime. Themes explored include; The Central Australian Desert landscape, The Historic Colonisation of Australia,
Cattle Pastoralists, Unity through reconciliation and Grace.
This collaboration has produced an extremely rare body of work because Non-Aboriginal people usually don’t receive the
access nor trust to be able to create something together with Aboriginal painters. The 5 paintings presented here therefore sustain a significant piece of Australian living and contemporary art history.
More Details About The Project
In 2019, Murphy travelled from Berlin to the desert in Central Australia to meet the Namatjira family of artists ( from the Namatjira School of Art ). Together they completed a significant body of contemporary artworks.
The paintings were created at Iltja Ntjarra (The Namatjira School of Art). It is the home of The Namatjira tradition of Aboriginal artists, located on Aboriginal land, in the Central Desert of Australia. It is proudly Aboriginal owned and directed.
It was established by Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation and started operating to provide a place for Aboriginal Artists to come together to paint, share and learn new techniques and ideas.
This project represents a very rare, timely and therefore significant moment where Aboriginal artists and a Non-Aboriginal artist have come together in the desert to collaborate on a body of contemporary artworks. In the spirit of reconciliation
between Aboriginal people and Non-Aboriginal Australians, the collaboration takes into account the humanitarian dimensions of historical acceptance; respect; race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity and unity.
Murphy initiated the collaboration because of political and environmental concerns for the ongoing, disturbing relationships between Aboriginal Australians and Non-Aboriginal Australia.
‘Having lived and worked from Europe for the past 7 years, I’ve followed Australian politics, art and culture from an arms reach perspective. The one glaring issue that consistently resonates with me and with international audiences regarding Australia is the abhorrent disrespect and mistreatment of the Aboriginal Australians, the countries first peoples.
Aboriginal Australians are the world's oldest civilisation. Why this knowledge isn’t listened to and respected is beyond belief.
I believe that until issues between Aboriginal Australians and Non-Aboriginal Australians are reconciled, the country
of Australia, its land and its people can never move forward together. These collaborative artworks represent absolute
respect and solidarity for Aboriginal Australians toward reconciliation and moving forward together.’
- Murphy, 2019.
A Collaborative Artwork from Central Australia.
Artists: Shannon Alexander Murphy & Hubert Pareroultja
Acrylic on treated cow hide, stretched and ready to hang.
Signed with a certificate of authenticity.
This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.
Option: this artwork can come framed - with a solid timber box frame
Dimensions - 180cm (w) x 100cm (h)
Acrylic on treated cow hide from Alice Springs
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