Ian Rictor | Artist Profile

Details of Ian Rictor

About

Ian Rictor was born at Artulin / Tuwan c1955 and is a custodian and traditional owner of Tuwan. Ian emerged from the bush with his small family group in only 1986 and they are the last of the known Aboriginal people to have remained living traditionally in the Western Desert.

In 1997 Ian was keen to join the group of Spinifex painters. He took to the medium of paint on canvas with fluency and has been painting his birthplace and surrounding country since then. He has had increased success exhibiting with the Spinifex Artists in London, Utrecht and many galleries in Australia.

Ian is an impressive and skilled hunter, bush mechanic and craftsman. He lives in Tjuntjuntjara with his wife Kathleen Donnegan - also an artist, and their extended family.

Medium

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas and Linen
Punu
Master traditional artefact maker

Themes

Tuwan
Wati Kutjara Tjukurpa

Group Exihibitions

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, NT
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
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 Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2015 Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation, The British Museum, London
2014 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin, NT
2014 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art 111 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
2014 Tjuntjuntjara, Short St Gallery, Broome
2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2014 'Spinifex Tjukurpa' ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2013 Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Men's Collaborative).
2013 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch,Freiburg,Munich,Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
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 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 'The Women’s Show', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
2010 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 Spinifex Survey Exhitiion, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, NT.
2010 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour.
2009 Walka Putitja, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2009 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2009 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2009 'Generation Next', Randall Lane Gallery, Perth, WA.
2009 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria.
2008 'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA (Men’s Collaborative)
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 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle
2007 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2007 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2007 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2007 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
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 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2005 'Law and Land' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2005 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England.
2004 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.
2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic.
2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
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

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA (Men's Collaborative)
Wagner and Owen Collection, USA.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative)
Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany (Men's Collaborative)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT (Men's Collaborative)
The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative)
The British Museum, London. (Men's Collaborative)
The Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht
W & V McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC (Men's Collaborative)

Awards

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

Bibliographies

2015 Sculthorpe, Gaye. 2015, Bringing great Australian Indigenous works of art into the light at the British Museum, The Financial Review, April 29th
2015 Edmons, Penny. 2015 Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum is insider activism at its best, The Conversation, April 22nd
2015 Dulaney, Michael. Spinifex artwork takes pride of place at British Museum, The Kalgoorlie Miner, May 8th
2015 Sculthorpe,G. Carty,J. Morphy,H. Nugent,M. Coats, I. Bolton, L. Jones,J. Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation (exh cat) The British Museum, London, UK.
2015 Reuters video, Prince Charles says Indigenous history as important as ANZAC day, Reuters, May 1st
2015 Nicholls, Christine. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation is a challenge to review, The Conversation, 27th April
2015 Neill, Rosemary. 2015, British Museum indigenous exhibition earns royal approval, The Australian, May 2nd
2015 Jones, Jonathon. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation a fabulous beast, The Gardian, April 21st
2013 Rothwell, Nicolas. “Dilemma of difference in indigenous art awards”, The Australian August 13, 2013
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
2010 Cumpston, N. 2010, Desert Country (exh. cat.), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA
2009 Japingka Gallery, 2009, Spinifex Artists (exh. cat.), Fremantle, WA: Japingka Gallery.
2009 Art Gallery of Western Australia, 'Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards 2008' Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A.
2008 Vivien Anderson Gallery, 2008, Kapi Ninti – Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2002 Cane,S. 'Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People', Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA.

Artworks of Ian Rictor