A collection of exceptional Aboriginal paintings by some of Australias foremost Indigenous artists feature in the exhibition Important Aboriginal Art #1, showing at Mitchell Fine Art
in Fortitude Valley from June 21st.
Australian Aboriginal art is very diverse and stems from a culture that can be traced back thousands of years. What once would have been drawn in the sand, onto the body or on rock walls is now portrayed in paintings.
When contemporary Aboriginal art gained momentum during the 1970s and 1980s, this garnered both national and international interest and acclaim. Generally untrained in the visual arts, the artists were painting stories of cultural and history that radiated an energy and power which captivated viewers.
The first in a series of exhibitions in this theme, this collection of artworks features predominantly Central Australian artists that includes Clifford Possum, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Makinti Napanangka.
These artists possess an extraordinary natural talent for colour and composition, and their artworks play an important role in the visual storytelling of Aboriginal culture and life in Australia.
A feature of the exhibition is a collection of early Aboriginal artefacts and Papunya Tula boards. Held in private collections for many years, these items are being exhibited for the first time in decades.
A Directors Talk will be held on Saturday 25th June at 11am. This is free event and rsvps are not required. The exhibition is showing from 21st June to 16th July 2022.
Mitchell Fine Art is located at 86 Arthur St in Fortitude Valley Brisbane. The gallery is open 6 days a week: Monday to Friday 10am - 5.30pm and Saturday 10am 5pm, and free onsite parking is available.
Art enthusiasts can also follow or like the gallery on Facebook and Instagram or sign up to the mailing list to receive updates on exhibitions and events.