Booker-Lowe Gallery presents "The Call of Country": New Paintings by Australian Artists of Ampilatwatja opening reception
“The Call of Country” is Booker-Lowe’s fourth exhibition of paintings by these well-known artists, and includes works by award-winner Michelle Pula Holmes, as well as Priscilla Pitjarra Foster, Joycie Pitjarra Morton, Jessie Ngwarraye Ross, Margaret Kemarre Ross, Kindy Kemarre Ross, Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton, Rosie Ngwarraye Ross, Elizabeth Ngwarraye Bonney, and Denise Ngwarraye Bonney.
In many Australian indigenous communities, both men and women paint their Dreamings or clan creation stories; however, the women artists of Ampilatwatja agreed a decade or so ago to paint only their ancestral country where the creation stories took place. Their finely-detailed landscapes are unlike any other Aboriginal paintings. They create precisely-dotted background patterns representing the “tali,” or sand ridges, then overlay colorful plants and trees. Whether representing the land after the “wet” or rainy season, or during the “dry,” the artists say they “read” their country and paint its many seasons.