Men's Collaborative | Artist Profile

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Community: Tjuntjuntjara : WA

Seven senior Spinifex Men, Roy Underwood, Simon Hogan, Fred Grant, Lawrence Pennington, Ned Grant, Ian Rictor and Lennard Walker have collaborated to create majestic paintings depicting traditional Spinifex Country. Each artist has transferred a portion of Country that he has authority over or custodial connections to through birthright or paternal links into a two dimensional tangible aesthetic. The process is culturally acknowledged and no site has more value over another with each man knowing the others intimately and respecting the responsibility associated with their authority. Creation Lines can and do travel through consecutive sites often connecting each man through totemic ancestors.

The Spinifex Men from Tjuntjuntjara Community in the Great Victoria Desert are renown for their large and detailed collaborative paintings. The Spinifex People are from a small group of Pitjantjatjara speakers separate from their northern neighbours. The group is particularly proud of ownership and custodianship of their land and culture, have native title over 55000 square kms and are highly active within their country. With a largely shared history and overlapping countries, birthplaces and Tjukurpa it is in this vein that the Men of Spinifex Country often work collaboratively to produce large cultural maps. These maps are interlaced with detailed Tjukurpa (creation stories) that traverse many of the men’s birthplaces. Custodianship in Spinifex lore grants the authority to discuss Tjukurpa at its many levels. During production of Spinifex collaborative artworks a ceremonial atmosphere often arises with inma (the singing of country) and much private discussion normally at a distance from the public sphere. As the country and Tjukurpa unfolds during the creation of a major work like this, the men 'sing the place' into reality. Traditional inma is triggered as the depictions of places that the men may not have physically been for many years, begin to manifest onto the canvas. Levels of information in Tjukurpa are greatly varied depending who is telling the story and who the audience might be. Only public details are able to be put down on canvas which is later revealed in lengthy documentation and sometimes visiting of the site. Spinifex Mens Collaborative artworks are usually produced on bush trips throughout the year which contribute to the historic value, cultural significance and the demand of these works. The works have been collected by various public and private institutions both in Australia and overseas.

Group Exhibitions

2017 'Spinifex' Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2016 'Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative, Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.
2015 Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. Spinifex Arts Project 2015
2015 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. SA. Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015 artKelch, Freibery, Germany wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst
2014 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A
2014 Tjuntjuntjara Nguratja- Tjuntjuntjara is home Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2014 Tjuntjuntjara - recent works from Spinifex Country Shorts Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2014 Spinifex Tjukurpa ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2014 Spinifex Arts Project 2014, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin. NT.
2013 The Wild Ones Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 Spinifex Arts Project ArtKelch,Freiburg,Munich,Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2013 Salon des Refuses, Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T.
2013 Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2013 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award,Darwin, NT.
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
2010 Spinifex Arts Survey Show Short St Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2009 Tracking the Wati Kutjara - Spinifex 2009 Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales.
2008 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia
2008 Spinifex Mob’ Short St Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2008 ‘Kapi Ninti-Knowing Water Knowing Country’ Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
2008 ‘Desert Mob 2008’ Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle, USA.
2007 DesertMob Araluen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
2007 ‘Ten Years On’ Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia.
2007 ‘New Spinifex Works’ Short St Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2007 ‘Best of the Best’ Framed Gallery Darwin, Northern Territory.
2006 Marshall Arts, Adelaide, South Australia.
2006 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia.
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
2006 DesertMob Araluen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
2005 Rebecca hossack Gallery, London, England.
2005 Law and Land Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2005 DesertMob Araluen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
2005 Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, New South Wales.
2004 Spinifex Arts Project, Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2004 Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria.
2004 Spinifex Arts Project 03 Span Galleries. Spinifex Arts Project 03. Span Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria.
2002 Spinifex Paintings Raintree Gallery, Darwin. Northern Territory
2002 Putitja Nguru – Art of the Spinifex People Japingka Gallery, Perth, Western Ausrralia.
2002 Pititja- New Paintings from the Spinifex Homelands Mary Place Gallery Sydney, New South Wales.
2002 Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art. National Tour
2001 Yuwaii Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales.
2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2001 All About Art Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
2000 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
2000 Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex people National Tour, Perth Museum, Perth, Western Australia.
2000 Flinders University Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia.
2000 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hil, New South Wales
2000 ‘Pila Nguru – Art and Song of the Spinifex People’ Perth Museum, Perth, Western Australia.

Awards

2013 Finalist (Men's Collaborative) 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums and Art Galleries, Darwin, N.T

Bibliography

2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
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 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: Peopleof the Sun and Shadow' (exh. cat) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W. A.
2010 Cumpston, N. "Desert Country", Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
2009 Japingka Gallery "Spinifex Artists" (exh. Cat.), Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia.
2008 Art Gallery of Western Australia, "Indigenous Art Awards 2008" Perth WA.
2002 Cane, S."Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People" Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Collections

ABORIGINAL ART MUSEUM, UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS
ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE. SA
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA, ACT
PRINCE STEFAN VON UND ZU LIECHTENSTEIN, THE AMBASSADOR OF LIECHTENSTEIN IN GERMANY
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, SEATTLE, USA
STAATLICHES MUSEUM FUR VOLKERKUNDE, MUNICH, GERMANY
THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY, NSW
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON, ENGLAND.
THE CORRIGAN COLLECTION, AUSTRALIA.
THE LEPLEY COLLECTION, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
THE LUCZO COLLECTION, USA
W. & V. MCGEOCH COLLECTION, MELBOURNE, VIC.
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Artworks of Men's Collaborative