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Australian Aboriginal Artists

Nov 15th - Jan. 6th, Reception Thur, Sept 7th 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Please refer questions to Jeffrey Moose, 206.467.6951 or

The Australian New Zealand America Society of Seattle will host it's monthly social at the Gallery on the evening of Thursday, November 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. An informal lecture will accompany this event and a sereies of Australian Aboriginal videos will be played. The public is invited to attend. and meet Australia's Honorary Consul for Seattle, the Hon. Len Reid.

Jeffrey Moose Gallery, on the 2nd level of Rainier Square,1333 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, is proud to announce an exhibition of acrylic paintings on canvas by artists from Yuendemu, Utopia and Papunya from November 15th through January 6th. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the gallery. Additional Aboriginal canvases and prints will be on display at the Jeffrey Moose Gallery Art Mart space located in the underground concourse connecting Rainier Square with One Union Square.

Yuendemu, home of the Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Artist's cooperative, is one of the three most famous of all the Central Desert art communities, together with the towns of Utopia and Papunya. Founded in 1985 as an cooperative meant to protect the rights of artists and the integrity of their stories, "Warlukurlangu" is known world-wide for their traditional ground paintings, the root of all the famous dot-painting imagery from Australia's desert.

Papunya, not far from Yuendemu, is the actual birthplace of the painting movement. It was in 1971 that British school teacher Geoffrey Bardon encouraged elders to paint sacred designs on the sides of a school building for the benefit of the children. The Utopia community started by Batiking fabric, but quickly turned to canvas after the successes in Papunya and Yuendemu. Utopia artist Emily Kngwarreye, a true innovator, became an international art star whose canvases fetched six figures during her lifetime and whose work is compared with Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists.

The exhibition will include works by Yuendemu artists Andrea Martin, (who grew up working in the co-op), Lady Robertson (showing since the 80's worldwide)and Richie Robertson (son of "Shorty" Robertson, a current hot talent). From Papunya, Bombatu Napangardi (raised and tauight to paint by deceased art star Yala Yala Gibbs) will show a traditional Pintupi story. From Utopia, internationally known talent Gloria Petyarre will show one of her famous "Medicine Leaves" works and a relative of Emily Kngwarreye, Evelyn Pultara, winner of the "General Painting" award in 2005's Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, will show one of her contemporary-styled works.

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.

"Ngapa Jukurrpa / Water Dreaming"
Richie Robertson
acrylic on canvas

"Mina Mina Jukurrpa"
Karen Barnes
acrylic on canvas

"Tali, My Country"
Bombatu Napangardi
acrylic on canvas

"Medicine Leaves"
Gloria Petyarre
acrylic on canvas

"Yam Dreaming"
Evelyn Pultara
acrylic on canvas

"Women's Story"
Faith Butler Napaltjarri
acrylic on canvas

"Tingari / Men's Story"
Adrian Young Tjupurrurla
acrylic on canvas

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