Colour Country: Art From Roper River

Dates & times

Thu 25 February — Sun 11 April 2010


This exhibition features artists from the often overlooked Roper River region of south eastern Arnhem Land. The artists of the region (Ngukurr) have been creating striking acrylic paintings for over twenty years and have become known for their bold use of colour.  Their works are dynamic and innovative, contemporary in nature, yet based in traditional culture and representative of country.  Featured in the exhibition are the works of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Djambu Barra Barra, Amy Jirwulurr Johnson and Willie Gudabi. Their work was among the first to challenge the outdated notion of ‘authenticity’ in Aboriginal art, and to blur the boundaries between Indigenous culture and contemporary art.

Curated by Cath Bowdler and toured by the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

Image: Ginger Riley, Limmen Bight River – My Mother’s Country, 1993, synthetic polymer paint on cotton duck, 190 x 191 cm. Courtesy of Estate of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne


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