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JGM Gallery presents Weer Loo – The Cry Of The Curlew

May 30 @ 11:00 am - July 13 @ 6:00 pm

JGM gallery Weer Loo - The Cry Of The Curlew

JGM Gallery presents Weer Loo – The Cry Of The Curlew, an exhibition of watercolour and acrylic paintings by Hubert Tjapaltjarri Pareroultja, a proud Arrernte man living and working on Country in his traditional homelands of Ntaria, South Central Australia.

Pareroultja is the inheritor of one of Australia’s most significant – and certainly longest lasting – artistic movements. His work represents a continuation of what is known as the Hermannsburg School, a style pioneered by Rex Battarbee and Pareroultja’s uncle, the great Albert Namatjira. Although, of course, each exponent of this style has their own visual lexicon, what unites almost all their work is a hybridity of the one point perspective of European landscape painting, and the earthbound philosophy of the Arrernte. The resulting aesthetic is luminous and almost hallucinatory in its effect. Shadows are often painted as variations in colour rather than┬átone, adding to the descriptiveness of the pictures, revealing as it does aspects of the land that would otherwise remain obscure. There is consequently a heightened sense of one’s surroundings, as though Pareroultja’s brush elucidates more from the land than the naked eye.

This exhibition crystallises the cultural exchange that took place in the early 20th century between non-Aborigines and Australia’s First Nations People – “… both ways…” as Pareroultja states. Pain and injustice characterised much of this time in Australia’s history, as indeed it still does in many respects, but this period also bore witness to great men and women of Aboriginal and European descent, working together and exchanging ideas. If there is something to be triumphant about from this time, and something that perhaps hints at a future of reconciliation, respect and progress, it is that, and the spirit of the Arrernte, and the Art that allowed them to be triumphant.

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May 30 @ 11:00 am
July 13 @ 6:00 pm
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