Current and Past Exhibitions

The artists from Bidyadanga dramatically altered the colour palette of the whole desert art movement. In order to pay tribute to the Karrajarri, whom had taken them in when they left their traditional desert country in the late 1960's and early 1970's, they chose to paint their desert homeland using the colours of the saltwater country. This was radical, and created a movement with ramifications still impacting the desert painters today. They started painting in 1998, many of the artists are no longer with us, but they live on through the dynamic and powerful art. A tribute to their traditional bush life, and the extraordinary power and history of the Great Sandy Desert.
East of Kalgoorlie, running down to the Great Australian Bight, is some of the most remote country in the world, this is Spinifex Country, home to traditional country men and woman (including the last family to walk out of the desert in 1986). The art is made in country on site of many of the stories, and embodies a rich and long unbroken cultural practice and tradition. The energy of the desert country, and the intimate understanding and knowledge of each place, is immediately felt. Each work is laden with a presence a raw power which transcends culture and language. Short St Gallery is proud to present this unique and enlightening exhibition.
To commemorate the Pinctada Polo event in Broome for 2014, Short St Gallery would like to announce a special monumental exhibition by two senior desert law men. This vibrant collection of paintings represent the journeys of Papa (dog), many important inma (ceremony) are connected to the travels of the dog. It is apt that these works are being shown in Broome, a place where the desert meets the sea, and also where the dog dreaming people migrated. We would like to invite you to come and experience the wonder, and rich cultural history of the desert landscape documenting 30,000 years of journeys across the vast interior of Australia.
An exhibition by Ralwurrandji Wanambi and Manini Gumana. In the last two years of her life Ralwurrandji Wanambi introduced a radical innovation to the Yolŋu art vocabulary with her extensive use of sand both painted and unpainted. Despite illness her creativity multiplied and she produced this radical body of work right up until her passing. This exhibition is a milestone in the Yolŋu art history of East Arnhem and Yirrkala. Manini is good company for her. She too has struck an innovation that has no precedent. She is the first to make the outline to her work solely using the marwat or cross hatching brush made from human hair. In eschewing a framework built by a larger painting brush she sets herself apart from all that has gone before.
An exhibition of the emerging Kija women painters. Charlene Carrington reinterprets the rub back techniques of her Grandfather, while, Evelyn Magil is experimenting in bold acrylic colours and mixing them up with ochre, challenging traditional interpretations and the old Kija motif : "if it is the country it must be from the country". Evelyn is being true to her world, which is full of the manufactured. Kathy Ramsay, displays a lyrical wonderment in her depiction of the kimberley landscape. This compares to Lorraine Daylight's more classical approach. While Berilyne Mung seems to be fragmenting the landscape, it is like she is breaking it down in order to understand the rich and long heritage, for which one day she will be the boss. A wonderful exhibition which highlights the generational transitions of a cultural painting practice.
Short St Gallery is thrilled to present a collection of works celebrating spring in full glorious bloom, featuring stunning works from artists throughout the Desert country. These delightful and inspired artists capture the nuanced changes of a parched landscape in full flower. Please view these remarkable works online over the next two months and immerse yourself in the joy of Spring in the desert. Featuring works from the late Mr Barney Wangin, Ray Ken, Hector Tjupuru Burton, Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Wawiriya Burton, Mona Mitakiki Shepard, Bugai Whylouter, Helen Dale Samson, Sonia Williams, Lily Long (Jatarr), Amy French and more.
This one night show includes new work created in Broome along with earlier works from Amsterdam, Hong Kong and the Arctic. A screening of recent film work spawned in China will also be shown. THURSDAY. 5TH SEPT. 2013 6pm – 8 pm @ Short St. Gallery Bungalow. 3 Hopton St. Old Broome.
A survey exhibition of new works from the formidable Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara artists from Nyapari, and the surrounding country. This show documents the emergence of new artists, as well as featuring many of the senior established artists. What we see is a continuum of culture and the strength art practice, which is fundamentally aligned to the Tjukurpa. Short st Gallery, in association with Tjungu Palya, would like to invite you to visit this show which transports you deep into the desert, opening August 26th in Broome.
The art of the desert has been etched in the consciousness of the Australian psyche. The papunya school of painting was at the forefront of the desert movement, this style limits the appearance of the figurative. However in many early desert rock paintings the figurative is present. Also much of the more recent painters in this movement are extremely figurative in their works, we wanted to celebrate the figure in Desert painting. This exhibition is a monumental examination of the figure in works from Desert artists, as far ranging as Balgo, and Bililuna to the Fitzroy valley and down to the APY and Ng lands. For us it is tantamount to understanding the notion of "I am the land" the figures seamlessly merge into the country, and are intrinsically part of it often even defining it.
It is an honour to be exhibiting the works by these two formidable and refined men. It is with great sadness that Mr Wagin, is no longer with us to see his works standing next to his brothers. His painting so proudly reveals the complexity and beauty of his vast country and how it has defined his culture. This great old man is deeply missed, his wisdom was held in high esteem across numerous desert cultures, where he was considered an extemely powerful and important law man. His works are densly laden with the mythological, familial, geographical history of his people and their country and the joy in his paintings, expressed through his painterly and gestural brush work truly celebrates a rich life well lived. Equally Whiskey's work is imbedded with the masculine energy of the desert, they vibrate, and resonate a hidden and intriguing pulse. Although his work is quite different to his brothers both represent a powerful portrayal of desert culture and life. We thank Tjala and Iwantja Art Centres for the wonderful works by these two great brothers.