What’s new in art for 2012? Australian commercial galleries respond…

Australian commercial galleries will slowly return from their long summer hiatus over the next week or two. What are we going to see this year, and how positive are they about what lies ahead? 

We tracked down a few gallerists to ask three short questions about their plans…read the full story on ‘The Art Life’.


Danie Mellor, 'The Reality of Myth (in the presence of History)' Pastel, pencil & wash with glitter & Swarovski crystal on Saunders Waterford paper 192 x 145 cm

[Image courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Art]

Debut solo exhibition for Tiwi Islander Natalie Puantulura in Hobart.

Last week in Hobart we caught the opening night of Natalie Puantulura’s first solo show entitled Puwangari (‘Lots of Dots’) at Art Mob – Aboriginal Fine Art .

Natalie was taught to paint by her grandfather, Declan Apuatimi (Senior) the late husband of renowned Tiwi artist Jean Baptiste. As Jean’s grandaughter, Natalie was also taught about Tiwi culture and painting by her grandmother.
Natalie painted with Tiwi Design art centre up until 2004, after which she and her partner, Edward Malati Yunupingu, moved to Pirlangimpi and began working with Munupi Arts and Crafts.

Natalie’s paintings tell the ‘Pwoja Story’:

“During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person’s Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection.

Natalie Puantulura 'Jilamara 2010' Ochre on linen 1200 x 800mm.


The word ‘Jilamara’ is the Tiwi term for the natural ochre design applied to the body face of participants during important ceremonies.

[Image courtesy Art Mob and the artist].

Artist Kathy Mackey’s ‘Equine Collection’ features in ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.

Now showing at Retrospect Galleries Broadbeach (Queensland) until 25 January 2012 is ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.


Kathy Mackey 'Equine Collection 2' 48 x 55cm Media: Digital photograph on photo rag paper.

Queensland artist Kathy Mackey is exhibiting her photograph ‘Equine Collection 2‘.

The artist says:

“The sport of horse racing has had a long tradition of celebration by nobility. A gentleman was noted for his possessions that included racehorse and personalised dinner ware that marked wealth and status in the community. Racing carnivals historically and in the present also represent the opportunity for people to gather in social groups and celebrate , not only the sport itself ,but the social expectations real or imagined that accompany it.”

For more information and other artists exhibiting in this show see Retrospect Galleries Queensland.

‘I want to reveal their truths’…Shayle Flesser’s exhibition ‘New Skin’.

Over the summer break we’ll be previewing some new works at local Galleries. The first of these is Shayle Flesser whose exhibition ‘New Skin’ is on at Tweed River Regional Art Gallery until 29 January 2012. Further details of about the show and visiting the Gallery are available here.


'Woman with Coyote' 56cm x 76cm Pigmented ink and biro on 300gsm Fabriano 2011


[Image courtesy the artist – Photography by Andrew Thurtell of Thurtell Photography]

‘For this project I have drawn, washed, sanded and scratched a series of drawings which engages both public and private conditions.  The combination of imagery within the body of work is intended to explore the complex relationships both between humans and animals, and between different times and cultures. The re-examining of these subjects is to allow them once again to have meaning. I adore my subjects – I want to reveal their truths. I hope this will benefit my (and others’) sense of self.‘ Shayle Flesser

For further details:

Shayle Flesser

Lorraine Pilgrim