Ned Grant | Artist Profile

Details of Ned Grant

About

Ned Grant was born near Papatatjara a in the north-east quadrant of Spinifex Country in the Great Victoria Desert, WA. During the Aboriginal Evangelical Mission (AEM) sweep through Spinifex in the late 1950’s Ned was taken into Cundeelee Mission with older brother, Ted (dec) and younger brother Fred. Ned was a nyiingka (segregated bush boy) when he came in and was inducted into Men’s Law in the ranges country north-west of Laverton.

Ned, a senior man by the early 1980’s, helped drive the return to Spinifex country. Today Ned is the main ceremonial leader of the Tjintu (sun side) of Spinifex society.

Ned has been painting at Spinifex since 1997. His works have been included in major exhibitions nationally and internationally. Ned was one of 17 men who collaboratively painted their particular estates, which merged together, formed the Men’s Native Title painting. Ned continues to paint his “run” - the area around where he was born and subsequently lost his umbilical cord.

Over the life of the project Ned has not been a prolific individual painter. He has, however, been an integral contributor to various men’s collaborative works. It is the quantum of collaborative works produced which has been a distinguishing feature of the Spinifex Art Project since its beginning.

Group Exhibitions

2017 'Spinifex' Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2016 'Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award (Mens Collaborative). Museums and Art Gallery NT. Darwin.
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2016 Exposition Spinifex Arts Project, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative, Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2016 Purungu und Narrupa Sammlung, in association with P. & A. Klein and ArtKelch, Kunstwerk, Germany
2015 Spinifex Arts Project 2015, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2015 Tarnanthi - Festival of Comtemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2015 Wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst, ArtKelch, Freibery, Germany
2015 Kulunypa- selected small works from the Spinifex Arts Project, Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2014 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A
2014 Tjuntjuntjara Nguratja- Tjuntjuntjara is home Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin. NT.
2014 Tjuntjuntjara, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2014 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art 111' Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
2014 'Spinifex Tjukurpa' ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2013 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 '30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award' (Men's Collaborative). Museums and Art Gallery NT, Darwin
2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne.
2012 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
2010 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, NT.
2010 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 Spinifex Survey Exhibition, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 ''Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour.
2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2009 Walka Putitja, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2009 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2009 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2009 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria.
2008 Spinifex Country, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2008 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2008 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT.
2007 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2007 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle
2007 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
2007 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2006 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A.
2006 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A.
2005 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England.
2005 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2005 'Law and Land' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2005 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2004 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.
2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic.
2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2001 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T.
2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T.
2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections

The Art Gallery of New South Whales, Sydney, NSW (Men's Collaborative)
The British Museum, London, England. (Men's Collaborative)
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT (Men's Collaborative)
The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative)
W & V McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC

Awards

2016 Finalist (Mens Collaborative) 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums and Art Galleries, Darwin, N.T
2013 Finalist 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award (Men's Collaborative)
2008 Finalist:WA Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative)

Bibliography

2013 Rothwell, Nicolas. “Dilemma of difference in indigenous art awards”, The Australian August 13, 2013
2013 Butler, M. Dean,Bently.'First Footprints' Episode 2. The Great Drought; 30,000 To 15,000 Years AgoContact Films Pty Ltd. NSW, Australia
2012 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow' (exh. cat) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W. A.
2012 Allerton, L., Rothwell, N. & McLean, I. 2012, Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country: Spinifex Arts Project 15th Anniversary exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2012 Jorgensen, D.J. 2012, 'No Place Without Other Places: Spinifex Arts Project at fifteen years', ARTLINK: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32, 2, pp. 86-87.
2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
2011 Ryan, J. 2011, Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
2010 Vivien Anderson Gallery 2010, Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now (exh. cat.), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2009 Japingka Gallery, 2009, Spinifex Artists (exh. cat.), Fremantle, WA: Japingka Gallery.
2008 McCulloch Childs, E. New Beginnings: Classic Paintings from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, McCulloch and McCulloch, Melbourne.
2008 Vivien Anderson Gallery, 2008, Kapi Ninti – Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2008 Art Gallery of Western Australia, 'Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards 2008' Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A.
2002 Cane,S. 'Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People', Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA.

Artworks of Ned Grant