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February 2003
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  Jeffrey Moose Gallery, on the 2nd level of Rainier Square,1333 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, is proud to announce a second exhibition of acrylic paintings on canvas and prints by artists from the Warlukurlangu Artist's Cooperative in Yuendemu, a small town in Australia's Central Desert, from Friday February 7th through Saturday, March 29th. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, February 14th from 6 to 8:30 PM at the gallery. Additional Aboriginal canvases and prints will be on display on the Jeffrey Moose Gallery Art Mart space located in the underground concourse connecting Rainier Square with One Union Suqare.

Samantha Napangardi Granites
"Bush Bean Dreaming"
Acrylic on canvas

The Warlukurlangu cooperative is famous for its traditional, unspoiled imagery and reputation for integrity: the community is known as a source for enormous collaborative paintings, some including the work of as many as sixty artists and measuring as much as 12"x22". They are aslo known for traditional ground paintings, the root of all the famous dot-painting imagery from Australia's desert. One such work graced 1999's "Spirit Country" survey exhibition at San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor. Collaborative community works appeared at the California show and, now, in the collection of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levy, on display at the Seattle Art Museum.

The art names from this community include internationally recognized talents such as Judy Napangardi Watson, Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Jack Jakamarra Ross, talents from the first and third generations of Central Desert dot-painters. Sims and Ross, famous for creating traditional ground paintings at international museum shows, were awarded the Telstra (Gallery and Museum) Indigenous Art Award (from Australia's Northern Territories) for Works on Paper in 2002's competition. Works from this series, color etchings, will be on display in the exhibit.

But most of the talents featured in this show are known amongst their peers, though not yet known by the outside world. These names include mother and daughter Peggy Napurrurla Granites and Samantha Napangardi Granites, as well as Samantha's uncle, Robin Japanangka Granites.

Australian Aboriginal dot-paintings are essentially aerial maps of sacred places, composed of dots, animal tracks and symbols which describe the Dreamtime (Creation) myths of the plants and animals which have sustained select language groups for as long as 200,000 years. Aboriginal artists inheret a natural totem (plant, animal or otherwise..) upon their birth and they are obligated by tradition to spread the story to others. Contemporary painters are links in an ancient tradition of Oral History.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 206 467 6951 or via e-mail at: The gallery is open M-F 10-6 pm and 12-5 on Sat.

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