Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tjala Arts was started by the women of Amata in 1997 and was originally called Minymaku Arts (Ladies Arts), it was renamed in 2006 to reflect the involvement of Anangu men in the art centre.
Aboriginal art and craft has been produced in Amata since the 1970’s but it was usually sold through the occasional exhibition or to the very few passing tourists or government employees.
In 1981 a group of Amata people took their punu (wood carvings) to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to gain access to the expanding tourist market.

Following the success of this venture, the art centre was established and the artists expanded their craft-based skills to fine arts practice including painting (acrylic on canvas/linen) and printmaking.

The centre is now a highly successful fine art centre creating exhibition standard work in a variety of mediums.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The video further down this page takes the viewer around the sculptures of Walcha.

At the moment I have an exhibition showing at the Walcha Gallery of Art. The gallery is beautiful and light in an interesting town on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. The director, Carley McLaren, hangs the work so that it shows to the best advantage.
New Works

I am showing with Anna Henderson, a painter and sculptor/potter from Guyra and Nigel Killalea who is a painter from Coffs Harbour.

Sunset. Acrylic on paper. 8cm x 24cm

Sunset 2. Acrylic on paper. 8cm x 24cm

Sunset 3. Acrylic on paper. 8cm x 24cm

Sunset 4. Acrylic on paper. 8cm x 24cm.

Through the trees. Acrylic on paper. 1. 8cm x 24cm

Through the trees 2. Acrylic on paper. 8cm x 24cm

Anna Henderson has said she has "been a full time artist for over twenty years. I am a potter, exploring raku, sawdust and saggar firing, and I paint abstract landscapes on canvas and linen, using acrylics, oil sticks, oil and charcoal.

Living in a fairly isolated part of the beautiful New England Tablelands, I appreciate every day, the changing mood, colours and energy of the landscape beyond my front fence." Anna Henderson 2011

Anna lives and works on the land near Guyra on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

Nigel Killalea has painted for many years in regional Australia and has explored ideas of myth and landscape. He presently works from the North Coast of New South Wales
 The Walcha community is an artistic community being home to well-known painters and sculptors. The town itsel has many outdoor sculptures by the local sculptors. It has its own outdoor gallery.

Black cockatoo. Ross Laurie

Song cycle. James Rogers

The board. Stephen King

The warrior. Tom Deko