Patju Presley Stanley | Artist Profile

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About

Community: Tjuntjuntjara : WA

Patju Presley was born in the 1940s at Itaratjara, an important site between to the community settlement of Watarru and Kalayapiti in the Great Victoria Desert. He is a senior Pitjantjatjara Law man with great knowledge of the geography of the Western Desert and the associated Tjukurpa. His intimate knowledge of the country is directly related to survival in this beautiful but sometimes harsh environment learned from the generations of his ancestors.

Connections between the Land, the provider of food, water and shelter and the Tjukurpa a spiritual understanding of the world are finely interwoven in his paintings, creating works of an elegant abstraction. Each work is related to a specific site and ancestral being and is strongly based on his experience and perception of the Law and the Land. When he was a young child he lived a traditional lifestyle walking along Tjukurpa tracks that linked sacred sites and water sources. From the tjilpis (old men) he learnt the ways of life in the desert and Anangu social order, law, culture, Tjukurpa and ceremony. Patju first learnt about Christianity from Mr Wade, the missionary who came to the desert on camel preaching the Bible and giving out tea and damper. When the mission was established Patju spent some time there learning English to read and write hymns and Bible stories. Patju trained to be a preacher at the mission at Ernabella. He is also a strong cultural man who practices traditional cultural business and inma (ceremonial singing and dancing), carves punu (ceremonial and utilitarian objects) and hunts malu (kangaroo), kalaya (emu), kipara (bush turkey) and rabbit. Patju resides at both Irrunytju and Tjuntjuntjara Communities with his wife Ivy Laidlaw.

In his paintings Patju refers to many of the Tjukurpa of the country of the Great Victoria Desert including the Wati Kipara (BushTurkey), Wati Kutjara (Two Water-Snake Men), Kalaya (Emu), Wati Pira (Moon Man) and Minyma Kutjara (Two Sisters). His images are visual representations of the epic journeys and creation stories of the country. References to important landforms, rock-holes and Tjukurpa tracks implicitly evoke the tjukuritja beings (of the dreaming), their interactions and activities. References to features in the country by desert artists are heavily loaded with complex symbolic meanings and interconnected layers of cultural references.

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Patju Stanley Presley New Work, Flinders Lane Gallery, melbourne, Vic.

Group Exhibitions

2017 'Spinifex' Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2017 Shut Up and Paint, National Gallery of Victoria International level - 17 September 2016 – 12 February 2017
2017 Spinifex: Aboriginal Paintings from the Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi Collection, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada. U.S.A.
2016 Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2016 Exposition Spinifex Arts Project, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
2016 LORE The visual language of cultural Identity, Raft Artspace, Tasmania
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative. Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.
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 “Irruntju Wati – Men of Irruntju” Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2014 Spinifex Tjukurpa ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land. Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin. NT.

Themes

Kalaya Tjukurpa
Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa
Wati Kipara

Mediums

Screenprint

Bibliography

2006 Knights,M. Irrunytju Arts catalogue essay and compilation of texts. Book 2006
2008 New Beginnings: Classical Paintings from the Corrigan Collection of 21st century Aboriginal Art McCulloch and McCulloch 2008
2010 Wynne, E. Stories Ancient and New from the Warburton Ranges, ABC Goldfields
2012 Acker, Tim. Carty, John. "Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands" Sussex Academic Press, 2012

Collections

ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (MENS COLLABORATIVE)
ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH, WA
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA.
THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY, NSW
THE CORRIGAN COLLECTION, AUSTRALIA
THE KAPLAN-LEVI COLLECTION, USA
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA, ACT
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND ART MUSEUM, BRISBANE, QLD.

Artworks of Patju Presley Stanley

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