Aboriginal Art exhibition
The Alliance Française de Melbourne is delighted to partner with the Yalukit Wilum Ngargee St Kilda Festival once again to present YULENJ (Knowledge) an exhibition by five experienced Aboriginal artists living in Melbourne: Maree Clarke, Gratton Egan, Adam Magennis, Bronwyn Raven Purrula and Uncle Leslie Stanley.
From Tue 04 Feb to Fri 14 Mar 2014.
Opening: Tue 04 Feb 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Free Admission.
Maree Clarke is a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and BoonWurrung woman from Mildura in Northwest Victoria. She is a multi-disciplinary artist using multimedia installations of photography, painting and sculpture and she represents a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, reviving elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation.
Gratton Egan is a Wamba Wamba and Yotta Yotta artist. He started painting in 2008 and his work represents traditional animals, fish and landscapes. As a self-taught artist, he has been deeply influenced by Elders’ paintings over the years. Gratton currently resides in the Port Phillip region.
Adam Magennis started his 30 year journey as a Boon Wurrung artist after this first group exhibition in 1983. His artistic style is influenced by the concept of cultural ecology and details the variances of how an individual’s surrounding universe is naturally connected. His works are a combination of graffiti, topographic and stratigraphic illustrations using a great diversity of materials to reflect the indigenous culture, people and landscapes.
Bronwyn Raven Purrula
Bronwyn Raven Purrula is a Central Australian desert artist that has been painting since 1996 after winning the Yulara Art Award. Her work has been exhibited on several occasions, most notably in the 1997 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, in the Maritime Art Award and in addition she has a permanent exhibition at ‘Without Pier Gallery’ in Cheltenham. The paintings are an ancestral view of her family land using ancient iconography in ochre and contemporary colours.
Uncle Leslie Stanley
Uncle Leslie Stanley was born in Queensland in 1962. His family background is both in “Woka Woka” country and Yandruwanda South Australia Innaminka. His artwork mainly depicts native animals and sometimes scenery of bushland from his years of growing up in Queensland. He has developed his own style of artwork and techniques.
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