Two extraordinary works of art will be on display in Robinvale for NAIDOC week this year.
Two Brothers, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 1999, have only been shown publicly once before and this year, they will be on display at the Robinvale Community Centre from 5th July - 16th July, and local artists are invited to submit works to be displayed alongside to create a feature NAIDOC art show.
Custodian of the works David Lovell says “I’m really excited to show these pieces, they’re really special and significant, they deserve a more fitting keeping place.”
“These pieces have been in my family for years but they should be honoured with their own exhibition, and if we could also feature some of our local Aboriginal artists, what a terrific way to commemorate NAIDOC week.”
David and local artist Luke Morgan will be currating the exhibition working with members of the Marawarpina Local Aboriginal Network and invite Aboriginal artists from around the region to submit works to be displayed alongside one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous artists.
As well as being displayed alongside two Clifford’s, the Marawarpina Local Aboriginal Network are offering cash prizes to be awarded to local Aboriginal artists in this year’s NAIDOC art show.
1st prize = $500
2nd prize = $300
3rd prize = $200
Works must be submitted before 5pm Friday 2nd July.
The pop up gallery will be located in the foyer of the Robinvale Community Centre on McLennan Drive from 5th July until Friday 16th July.
David can be contacted by phone on 0448900321 or at the Robinvale Corner Store for art show submissions or for questions and comment.
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
DOB: c. 1932 – 21 June 2002
Born: Napperby Station, NT
Language Group: Anmatyerre
Community: Alice Springs, NT
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO (1932 – 21 June 2002) was an Australian painter, considered to be one of the most collected and renowned Australian Aboriginal artists. His paintings are held in galleries and collections in Australia and elsewhere, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, the Kelton Foundation and the Royal Collection.
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri led a ground-breaking career and was amongst the vanguard of Indigenous Australian artists to be recognised by the international art world. Clifford Possum blazed a trail for future generations of Indigenous artists, bridging the gap between Aboriginal art and contemporary Australian art.
In 2002, Clifford Possum was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘…for service as a contributor to and pioneer of the development of the Western Desert art movement, and to the Indigenous community through interpretation of ancient traditions and cultural values.’ He is and has always been regarded as the leading figure in Australian Aboriginal art.