One of PTA’s premier annual shows will open at Paul Johnstone Gallery in Darwin on Saturday 10th August at 1pm. ‘Language Of The Land’ will be a highlight during the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards weekend and will again showcase the very best of current work being produced by the artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura.
“The extraordinary Papunya paintings from the early 1970’s were
saturated with Aboriginal mythology, metaphysics and law. The late
Geoffery Bardon, who held the position of school teacher at Papunya
during that period, saw the potential of these works not only as great
artistic works but also identified the communicative power of the
designs. Bardon noted in his seminal publication, Papunya, A place
Made After the Story, ‘These Western Desert paintings seemed to me,
in 1971, to explicate and culturally enhance a visual writing in which
word and image become one.’ This exhibition, Language of the Land,
continues to communicate those same core elements. Bold graphic
symbols are placed upon a sea of colour, while skillful lines dance
across the canvas. The viewer enters the vastness of the landscape
spoken to by the language of the land.” – Paul Johnstone 2013
For the full exhibition catalogue and more information please visit the links below.