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Jade Dolman’s Passion For Aboriginal Art Education

April 11, 2016 BY David Wroth
Perth artist and educator Jade Dolman was barely out of high school when she realised her passion for indigenous art education. Through her consultancy J D Penangke she runs school workshops to get children excited about Aboriginal art and culture. Here she talks about her own indigenous background and what she would love to see in classrooms across Australia. Where did you grow up and when did art start to become important? I (read more) ...

Sarrita & Tarisse King – Reflecting On Gurindji and Wave Hill

March 29, 2016 BY Julia Sutton
Our next exhibition at Japingka Gallery features new works by Sarrita King and Tarisse King, opening 8th April 2016 in Fremantle. This year both Tarisse and Sarrita are thinking about their father William King Jungala, and about his country around Wave Hill. This place is about 600 kilometres south of Darwin and it is the site of the famous 1966 Wave Hill Walk Off. 2016 represents the 40 year anniversary of the (read more) ...

Ana Nail – Curriculum, Aboriginal Art and Intent

March 23, 2016 BY David Wroth
Geographe Primary School Visual Arts teacher Ana Nail has a passion for helping her students understand Aboriginal art. Her work in this area has been recognised by a WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year award. Ana contributes to both National and State arts curriculum development. In this interview Ana reflects on what is changing in education about Aboriginal art and culture and what is needed to build on that (read more) ...

How I Curate An Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Japingka

February 16, 2016 BY David Wroth
I’ve been curating Aboriginal art at Japingka for thirty years and in that time I’ve never had to explain to anyone what I’m doing. A friend dropped by the other day and commented on how very different the room feels with some new paintings up. Our summer exhibition has been hanging for a couple of months now. During that time we’ve sold many of the works and had to replace them (read more) ...

Remarkable Contemporary Aboriginal Fine Dot Painting

February 11, 2016 BY David Wroth
In this article Japingka's Ian Plunkett discusses the work of five contemporary fine dot artists. When it comes to fine dot painting, I definitely have my own favourites. These are people who I admire and whose technique is taking this exciting style of art in a slightly different direction. Jorna Newberry Jorna is the most radical of all these artists and she is probably one of the finest dot painters around. She's from (read more) ...

Kimberley Ochre Painters – The Old And New

February 5, 2016 BY David Wroth
Our next exhibition is an overview of three generations of Kimberley ochre painters. The collection contains some very traditional and well-known artists including Rover Thomas, Jack Britten, Hector Jandany, Henry Wambini and Queenie McKenzie. Many of these artists have passed away now and they are now regarded as the most significant names of the East Kimberley ochre painting tradition. As ochre painters they sourced materials from the natural environment to make their work - (read more) ...

Turbo Brown – From Homeless To Art World Rising Star

February 3, 2016 BY David Wroth
We have a new exhibition opening this month in Gallery 2 featuring the works of Turbo Brown. Turbo has made a bit of a name for himself painting these very direct images of birds and animals from the Australian bush. Born in 1967, Trevor 'Turbo' Brown is a Latje Latje man who grew up in Mildura in Victoria. As a youngster he had a hard life. He was born with an (read more) ...

Petrina Bedford and Her Grandfather Jack Dale Mengenen

February 3, 2016 BY David Wroth
Petrina Bedford is a third generation contemporary indigenous artist. Her grandfathers were the famous painters Jack Dale Mengenen on her mother’s side and Paddy Bedford on her father’s side. Her mother is the Ngarinyin artist Edna Dale. Encouraged by Jack Dale, Petrina painted from a very young age. In this interview she talks about this relationship with her Grandpa, growing up in Imintji and her life as an artist. How did (read more) ...

What My Father Jack Dale Taught Me

December 2, 2015 BY David Wroth
In this interview Kimberley artist Edna Dale talks about her famous father, the artist Jack Dale Mengenen. About Jack Dale, 
Jack was born with European/Indigenous parentage at a time when this was unacceptable within both cultures. Jack’s mother hid him from the welfare workers who routinely removed mixed race children from their families. Jack grew up in the country with his mother learning the traditional ways of her family. He started (read more) ...

Wandjinas, Ochre and The Art of Mowanjum People

November 26, 2015 BY David Wroth
In this interview Mowanjum artist Leah Umbagai talks about Wandjinas, ochre and the Mowanjum artists exhibition coming up at Japingka. She is joined by Rosita Holmes who is the Art Development Co-ordinator for Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre. The Mowanjum community represents more than one language group. Which groups are those and why were they drawn together? Leah: There are three tribal groups. They are Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal and the tradition (read more) ...