Elaine Wanatjura Lane | Artist Profile

Details of Elaine Wanatjura Lane

About

Biography

Elaine was a bush baby, born in the traditional way, close to Kutukampara rockhole, the other side of Mantamaru (Jameson). "There was no blanket, no hospital, just ashes to keep warm". As a young child she travelled the region with her parents living off the land and following a traditional life. Her family would travel between Papulankutja (Blackstone) and Mantamaru and then back to Warburton Ranges visiting Wirtapiwara, Illinpiri and Watatjara. Living 'bush way' with her family has given Elaine a deep attachment to and profound knowledge of her culture and her country. As a child she also spent some years attending school in the Warburton mission and later met her husband there, Paddy Lane, who was working on the station at the time. They had five children together. Elaine now lives at Blackstone, close to her brother Jimmy Donegan, a senior Law Man and artist, in remote Western Australia. She is a respected senior law woman and is the sister of the well known painter Pantjiti Maclean. Her father was a Donegan and she is sister to Pantjiti Mary McLean. Elaine is also a leading fibre artist. She first began making baskets and animal sculptures in 1995. She has always made outstanding baskets and in 1999 she first started to experiment with animal sculptures. Elaine has travelled to Perth with the touring exhibition, Manguri Weaving, opened the exhibition and gave a workshop at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Elaine was part of the team of women from Blackstone who made the full sized grass toyota that won the telstra award. More recently, Elaine has been experimenting with natural bush dyes for her baskets. Elaine paints country around Blackstone, her work reflects the seasons, using the wonderful colours that surround her every day of her life. Many layers overlapping and melding together, expressing the texture and flow of the land.

Themes

Pukara
Warrutjarra
Wati Kutjarra

Group Exhibitions

2017 - 2017 Desert Mob Exhibition
2017 - Dreaming Ngurra, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2017 - Jimmy Donegan and Company, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015 - Tjirntu Tjarrpanguru Tjirntu pakalakuta
2015 - Radiance Form Perth, WA
2015 - Artitja Fine Art Fremantle WA
2014 - Wooloongabba Art Gallery Brisbane Qld
2014 - Desert Mob 2014 Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2014 - WOMAD Market with Tandanya
2013 - Yaama Ganu Gallery Moree NSW
2013 - Marks in the Sand @ Tandanya South Australia
2012 - Family Paintings Art Mob Hobart
2012 - Ngaanyatjarra Art of the Lands Lawrence Wilson Gallery (Tjanpi sculptures)
2012 - Puple Noon Gallery NSW Papulankutja group show
2011 - Desert Mob Araluen Centre Alice Springs
2011 - Papulankutja Artists Merenda Gallery Fremantle, WA
2010 - Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Papulankutja Artists Group Show, Brisbane
2010 - Chapman Gallery, Papulankutja Artists Group Show, Canberra
2010 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2010 - William Mora Galleries, Group show, Melbourne
2010 - Tunbridge Gallery, Papulankutja Artists Group Show, Margaret River
2009 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2009 - Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, Western Australia
2009 - Colour & Country, Aratong Gallery @ the Australian High Commission, Singapore.
2008 - Yamatji Pirni - Many friendships: Life and Art from the Western Desert, Melbourne Museum, Vic.
2008 Who Let the Dog's Out? Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery / Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2008 - We are celebrating, Tandanya National Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2008 - Western Desert Mob, Yamatji Pirni: Many Friendships, Melbourne Museum
2007 - Desert Diversity, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2007 - Kutju One: Western Desert Mob inaugural exhibition, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Perth International Festival, Perth WA
2007 - Fibre and Form, Joel's Fina Art, Melbourne, VIC
2007 - Tjanpi Papa Uwangkara, 24th NATSIAA Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2007 - Big Country, Gallery Gondwana
2007 - Shared Exhibition with Mornington Island at Marshall Art, during the Fringe Festival Adelaide
2007 - Papulankutja Artists Group Show, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth WA
2007 - Desert Mob
2006 - Tjanpi Tjuta, Hogarth Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2006 - Sibling Solidarity, Randell Lane Fine, Perth WA
2006 - Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2005 - Lirru Puru Kuniya Tjukurrpa, Randell Lane Fine Art at Tristan Gallery, Perth
2005 Tjanpi Toyota 22nd NATSIAA Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2004 Fibre Sculpture, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2004 Seven Sisters, Fibre Art Arising from the west, craft west centre for Contemporary Craft and Design, Perth. National Touring Show.
2004 - Desert Mob Araluen Centre Alice Springs
2003 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2002 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2001 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2001 - Manguri Weaving, national touring exhibition and USA tour
2000 - The Big BAsket, World Expo, Hannover, Germany
2000 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2000 - Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin
1999 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1999 - Warka Wiru (Good Work), Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Uluru-Katja Tjuta National Park
1998 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1998 - From the Desert to the Sea, Rayner Sunset Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1997 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1996 - Tjanpi, Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Uluru-Katja Tjuta National Park
1996 - Bush Baskets and Bags, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1996 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1995 - Womens Business Travelling: A Celebration of Womens Work from Western Australia
1995 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

Collections
Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Western Australian Museum
Merenda Collection

Awards

2005 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award

Bibliography

2003 - Seven Sisters: Fibre Works Arising from the West, Craftwest, Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design
2005 - Collaborative Award - Spinifex Toyota - Telstra 2005
2012 - Ngaanyatjarra Art of the Lands edited by Tim Acker & John Carty UWAP

Artworks of Elaine Wanatjura Lane