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v. 17 issue 23
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They may be left over from a renovation or perhaps picked up on your travels. Therell be a little bit of magic for people if something of their personal story can be embedded in a public space, she says. She herself is willing to donate a beautiful tile she brought back from a trip to Turkey, but in the final design it may go. She hopes people will understand if, for design reasons, their tile cant be used. She doesnt know until the tiles come in what principles will govern the designs, but she imagines that she will probably order the work using hues and tones left to right by hue, up to down by tone. There are lots of possibilities but it wont be a mish-mash. The feeling of the pool is very modern, clean lines and a strong sense of order. The feature walls will add texture, detail and story but they will complement the feel of the architecture, says Rich. Deadline for donations is August 8. Drop them off (only one or two per houseehold) to the reception area at the Town Council chambers, writing your name and contact details on the back. The tiles will be documented front and back before they are used. Kieran Finnane Bold painting from old men of the Kimberleys. By KIERAN FINNANE. The artistic genius of the North is too rarely seen in Alice Springs but this is something that Dallas Gold at RAFT Artspace is well placed to set right. After 10 successful years in Darwin Gold has moved his gallery to Alice Springs, at 8 Hele Crescent, and brings with him curatorial expertise in art from regions beyond the central deserts. This will not be his sole focus for hes equally excited by work from The Centre and hes also interested in showing non-Indigenous art, but in the current exhibition he presents the work of three old men who share Kija (Gija) heritage from Kimberley country. Two of these men are around 90 years old but while sharing broadly similar backgrounds, including work on cattle stations, their painting is markedly different. Mick Jawalji paints with gravitas, in natural ochres, strong forms and simple compositions, summoning the kind of authority that one would expect from a senior law man. His boards ground the show. Butcher Cherel Janangoo has had a longer painting career. While Jawalji started painting in 2001, Janangoo started exhibiting in the early 90s. In the work on show he uses warm-hued gouaches on paper or cotton rag, with a lovely loose painting style. His references to country are mostly abstract and many of the compositions seem almost arbitrary, yet they hold together. The third artist Rammey Ramsey is younger, born around 1935. He has been a regular at RAFT in Darwin over the decade, having begun painting for Jirrawun Arts in 2000. His palette is out of a box in Aboriginal art high-keyed yellows, mauves, brilliant blues (the bold red in our reproduction is an exception rather than the norm). A single hue is cleanly brushed across the picture plane, with the motifs, elegantly simple in form, simply elegant in placement, outlined whether by dotting or in black. Many a sophisticated urban artist would envy Ramsey his graphic style. Although the artists are related through kinship, their painting developed in separate art centres and if they sound a harmonious note under RAFTs roof, it arises from something deeper than style no doubt country, with all that it encompasses, is the word theyd use. Town camp artists among finalists in major award. Desert artists will once again feature strongly in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, this year the 27th. Among the 96 finalists there are 27 works from the region as well as four from artists living in the town camps of Alice Springs, three of them Alison Inkamala, Amy Napurulla and Dan Jones represented by Tangentyere Artists. This is the second time that Jones has been a finalist at the award and he is also a finalist in the Togart Contemporary Art Award (for Northern Territory artists). NATSIAA curator Kate Podger says the pictorial narrative style favoured by many of the town camp artists is gaining
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