Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

An exhibition featuring the work of Australian indigenous women is currently on show at The Phililps Collection in Washington, USA. The nine artists are from a variety of areas highlighting a diversity of artistic practices and include Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu, and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Angelina Ngal from Utopia is sometimes incorrectly known by her late husband’s surname.

“In recent years, women have been at the forefront of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art. The innovative pictorial and conceptual tapestries included in Marking the Infinite demonstrate why. Through a weave of intimate marks, the nine artists map their knowledge of sacred Country, but such is the generous expansiveness of their works that they are not curtailed by these bounds. It is energising to think that women from one of the world’s oldest cultures, working in remote parts of Australia, are making some of the most globally relevant art today.”     Sally Grant, Australian Book Review, 28 August 2018

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia is on display until 9 September.

To view further details please click here

and to read the review by Sally Grant published in the Australian Book Review please click here

Constance Stokes at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is showing an exhibition of paintings by Constance Stokes until 17th September bringing together work from her early days as an art student at the National Gallery Art School, in the late 1920s, through to paintings made in the early 1980s. The exhibition includes over 35 paintings covering the breadth of Stokes’s artistic practice across 60 years, exploring stylistic developments and highlighting Stokes’ stunning portraiture and use of colour. Click here for further details.

To view works currently available by Constance Stokes at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, please click here to view our stockroom. Illustrated above:

Constance Stokes 1906 – 1991  Persimmons c.1975  red ink and pastel on paper  38 x 28 cm

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.

Patchwork, ironic, serious and kitsch: the best of the Archibald finalists by Joanna Mendelssohn

Read Joanna Mendelssohn’s article from The Conversation about the 2016 Archibald including Michael McWilliams’ The Usurpers (Self Portrait).

“The Tasmanian artist Michael McWilliams’ The usurpers (self portrait) is a magically elaborate study in a similar mode to that of the Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Every element is an import to Australia. Sheep, cattle, pigeons, carp, trout, rabbits, rats, mice, fruit and grain, all combine to form the artist’s face.

The usurpers hangs at the entrance to the exhibition, a long way from the winner’s circle, but it is probably the painting that most visitors will remember.”

Patchwork, ironic, serious and kitsch: the best of the Archibald finalists