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September 1998

"Making Tracks"
Australian Aboriginal Art

Jeffrey Moose Gallery is proud to announce its third exhibition of Australian Aboriginal artwork, entitled "Making Tracks". The show will feature artwork created around the theme of animals and the distinctive marks they leave in the Australian outback. Featured will be one of Aboriginal Australia's most popular artists and a pair of up and coming female painters; veteran originator, Clifford Possum and the daughter of another Aboriginal originator, Long Jack Tjakamarra Phillipus, named Una Ratara. The other woman, newcomer Linda Syddick, was named Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 1996. Other works on display will include animal sculptures in Ironwood and unusual and rare bark paintings.


        Clifford Possum, one of the most internationally respected of the Aboriginal artists, has roots that reach back to dawn of the Aboriginal art explosion in 1970, where he assisted in the painting of a traditional image on the side of a schoolhouse in the community of Papunya. Originally a well respected woodcarver teaching at the Papunya school, Possum joined the group of "Painting Men" who were persuaded by British school teacher Geoffrey Bardon to make their sacred images public. Possum was Chairman of the Papunya Tula artist's cooperative during the late 70's to the mid 80's.

His repertoire of "Dreamings" or totemic creation stories is unusually large; Possum, Fire, Lightening, Water, Kangaroo, Fish, Snake, Man's Love Story are but a few of the stories which he has inherited the right to depict. His work has been the subject of an important retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, included in numerous traveling international museum shows and dozens of private gallery showings, and is held by important collections worldwide.

Clifford Possum
"Human Tracks"
acrylic on canvas


        Long Jack Tjakamarra Phillipus was also pivotal in the histoy of the Papunya mural. "Long Jack", as he is known, won the Northern Territories Golden Jubilee Art Award in '83 and the Alice Springs Art Prize in '84 and has his work in numerous museums in Australia and abroad. His daughter, Una, paints the dreaming of her only totem, the Possum. She paints in the dot style of other central desert artists, but uses a wide range of bright, non-traditional colors.

Paddy Fordham
"Initiation" (Snakes)
ochre on eucalyptus bark


        Linda Syddick, whose traditional totem is the Emu bird, is celebrated for the joyous, ecstatic feeling of the animals which occupy her paintings. She has inherited her father's totem, the Kangaroo, which she also frequently paints. Unlike most desert artists, she uses the dot technique to depict animals in a figurative style, as opposed to merely representing their tracks. Linda was named "Aboriginal Artist of the Year" in 1996 and received a presitigions award in her region, Northern Territories, last year.

Linda Syddick
"Kangaroo and Kunia"
acylic on canvas


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