NAIDOC WEEK 2018

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art recognises the celebration of Naidoc Week (8 – 15 July 2018) which this year focuses on the important role women have played and continue to play as influential role models.

We see this in the community of Utopia where the women artists in particular have forged a presence on the international art stage – particularly, Emily Kam Kngwarray; Gloria Petyarr; Kathleen Petyerre – and continue to build on this legacy with younger artists including Genevieve Kemarr Loy.

Utopia, a former cattle station in central Australia (around 240kms north east of Alice Springs) was handed back to the Anmatyerr and Alyawarr people as Aboriginal freehold land in 1979. The women at Utopia were instrumental in the land rights claim, as they presented evidence of their ownership of the land through Awelye (women’s ceremonies) including body paint designs. Sales from batiks created by the women in the late 1970s enabled funds to be available to support the successful land claim.

The paintings by artists from Utopia are a contemporary expression of the cultural knowledge an artist holds about country, formed through the medium of acrylic paint. Although often superficially depicting the food and flora of their landscape, such paintings reveal an artist’s inextricable link to country and the deeper intimate knowledge of cultural heritage and ceremony.

Currently on view at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art are paintings by Nancy Kunoth Petyarr and her daughter Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray.  Click here to read more about Utopia and the artists from this region.

ELIZABETH KUNOTH KNGWARRAY 212070 (detail)
ELIZABETH KUNOTH KNGWARRAY Yam Seeds and Flowers in my Grandmother’s Country 2012

Chinese and Indigenous Australians: an artistic relationship

Zhou Xiaoping Our Country 2017 ink, oil on rice paper laid down on canvas 130 x 95 cm

Eugene Yang reports in the ABC news that this year marks 200 years since the first arrival of Chinese migrants to Australia in an article exploring the connections between Chinese and Indigenous Australians – including the work of Zhou Xiaoping and his collaborations with indigenous artists over the past thirty years, the focus of our exhibition earlier this year. Yang reports on the tendency towards wariness rather than celebration of cross-cultural experiences, something with which Zhou is familiar:

“From the 1990s to today, he has faced suspicion from white Australians claiming his work is exploitative of Aboriginal art, yet does not recall receiving any such criticism from Aboriginal people.

According to The Australian, Zhou was defended by Marcia Langton, Chair of Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne.

Professor Langton labelled this criticism as the result of problematic conceptions of Aboriginal people lacking autonomy and needing white protectors.”

To read the article Chinese and Indigenous Australians share a long, ‘untold history’, that’s been captured through art (Eugene Yang, ABC News, Sat 23 June 2018 ) please click here

Please click here to view the exhibition Zhou Xiaoping: The Cross-Cultural Influences of Chinese and Indigenous Art where you can also view the exhibition opening by The Hon Senator Mitch Fifield and hear Zhou Xiaoping speak about his art.

Father and Son 2008
Zhou Xiaoping Father and Son 2008 synthetic polymer on canvas 165 x 230 cm

An opportunity to view : Andrew Sayers Room with a View

Canberra Museum and Art Gallery are celebrating 20 years of collecting visual art with an exhibition showing until 17 June 2018, featuring Room with a View by Andrew Sayers from the CMAG collection which curator Deborah Clark describes as “like haiku” with its simplicity of line and form capturing a sense of light, space and atmosphere through the depiction of Sayers’ favourite subject, the landscape. We welcome you to read the article from the Weekend Australian focussing on Andrew’s gouaches and to view the current works available at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art by selecting Andrew Sayers from the artist list on our site.

Andrew Sayers The Australian Review April 2018
Andrew Sayers The Australian Review April 2018

A Closer Look At…..ZHOU Xiaoping – the art of collaboration

EXHIBITION:
ZHOU Xiaoping: The Cross Cultural Influences of Chinese & Indigenous Art
3 March – 21 April 2018

ZHOU Xiaoping’s referencing of indigenous culture has come from his own experience and immersion in the Australian indigenous landscape, through his relationships with Aboriginal people, and his genuine interest in indigenous culture and art – it is a celebration of his own experiences and journeys, the friendships he has made and his desire to share his understanding of this culture with an audience through his own art.

Follow this link to read more about Xiaoping’s work and experiences, please take A Closer Look At… Zhou Xiaoping collaborations

 

 

 

 

Robert Clinch: Art Prize Finalist & showing at Motorclassica 13-15 October

Earlier this year we unveiled the Goggomobil D’art Project, a commissioned project by Jeff Brown which saw Robert Clinch’s signature paper darts painted across the entire surface of a classic Goggomobil Dart sportscar. If you missed seeing this amazing car at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, it will be a part of Motorclassica this weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton (13 – 15 October 2017).

We would also like to congratulate Robert Clinch who has been selected as a finalist in a series of works on paper art awards including :

the Banyule Award for Works on Paper showing 5 Oct to 2 Dec 2017 at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Ivanhoe

the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize at Noosa Regional Gallery showing 20 Oct – 26 Nov 2017

The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award showing 10 Nov – 9 Dec 2017 at Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong

A series of ‘Dart’ artworks are currently available at LDFA. Whilst inspired by the Goggomobil D’art Project the paintings and drawings of darts encompass their own narratives, with characteristic whimsical titles.

To view Robert’s paintings and lithographs please click here.

Robert Clinch Mother 2017
Robert Clinch Mother 2017 automotive paint and two-pack on etch-primed aluminium 56 x 45 cm signed lower right

Congratulations to Geneiveve Kemarr Loy – Paddington Art Prize Finalist

Congratulations to Genevieve Kemarr Loy who is a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize for 2017. This is the 14th year the prize for paintings inspired by the Australian landscape will be shown. Genevieve’s painting Akwerlkerrmwerlkerr  2017 (synthetic polymer on linen, 200 x 122 cm) depicts a particular plant which grows in her country which has small white flowers and seeds which the bush turkey likes to eat. Genevieve’s painting is inspired by the culture, stories, flora and fauna of her country, Utopia, N.T.

The Paddington Art Prize showing at 111-113 Queen Street Woollahara NSW 13 – 22 October 2017

Following our recent exhibition The Next Generation featuring the paintings of two young indigenous women, Lorraine Kabbindi White and Genevieve Kemarr Loy, a selection of Genevieve’s paintings are currently on show at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art.

Listen to a video of Genevieve discussing her work by clicking here.

 

Stephen Bowers in The Wall Street Journal

The work of ceramicist Stephen Bowers has been in the papers lately, firstly an article in The Wall Street Journal about the inspiration of the history and tradition of ceramic tableware on contemporary artists.

Stephen Bowers ceramic plate NY WSJ 2017
Stephen Bowers ceramic plate NY WSJ 2017

Read here.

Whilst in Australian newspapers, one  of Stephen’s impressive large-scale Palaceware vases featured in images promoting the sale of a home in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill.

Stephen Bowers Vase Bellevue Hill 2017
Stephen Bowers Vase Bellevue Hill 2017

 

To view available works by Stephen Bowers currently in our stockroom please click here.

Stephen Bowers on exhibition in Milan

Stephen Bowers is featured in the exhibition Alice in Wonderland showing at Officine Saffi in Milan until 14 July in a group exhibition organised by Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark and including Stephen Bowers, Jim Cooper, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Sergei Isupov, Sten Lykke Madsen, Kadri Pärnaments, Mara Superior and Lileng Wong.

Bowers_Alice In Wonderland chess figures
Stephen Bowers Alice In Wonderland chess figures on exhibition in Milan July 2017.

Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865, in a period in which reflections on art had begun to erode the concepts of realistic depiction and narrative, in other words the references to a coherent, ordinary world. The apparently light-hearted and non-committal game presented in the exhibition “Alice in Wonderland”, which originated at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark and that was later shown at Officine Saffi, has a dual role. The first was to invite eight different artists, born on dates varying from 1937 to 1973 in different locations including Denmark, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States, to work on Carroll’s text, developing various reflections on it, from iconographical to conceptual. The second objective was to use this provocative approach, which at first sight seems merely skin deep, to stimulate them to declare their degree of agreement with Carroll’s statement “we’re all mad here.” It can be applied to the whole of art, which after all is a precious form of madness, in which you can escape from the tired forms of the ordinary. The participants were thus invited to produce a reflection and a declaration on their own status as artists, and more specifically their identity as ceramists.

For details about available works by Stephen Bowers, please view our stockroom

Robert Clinch Artist Talk – Goggomobil D’art Project

We are pleased to provide the opportunity to hear Robert speak about this unique project, the Goggomobil D’art Project, resulting in a remarkable painted art car, peppered with the artist’s signature paper darts.

Listen to the Artist Talk by clicking on the video below.

Robert Clinch and The Goggomobil D’Art Project

Our forthcoming exhibition: Robert Clinch and the Goggomobil D’Art Project 
will open on Saturday 25th March including unveiling the car.
The iconic Goggomobil Dart car and distinctive painted paper darts by Melbourne contemporary realist artist Robert Clinch collide to create a unique objet d’art in this intriguing project resulting in a remarkable painted art car.
The classic 1960s Australian designed and built Goggomobil Dart sports car is an aesthetic object in itself. Here it is transferred to another level, peppered with paper darts by Robert Clinch.
In addition to the feature car, the exhibition will include drawings and paintings and a preview of a forthcoming documentary about the project by Karl von Moller.

The exhibition will be on show until 6th May 2017.