Current and Past Exhibitions

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.
Short St Gallery in association with Tangentyere Art centre is proud to present a collection of works from town camps in the Alice. Tangentyere artists use their art to tell stories in and around Alice Springs. They are becoming known for their figurative paintings on canvas and found objects with their subject ranging from the descriptive to the political, and always depicted with a refreshing honesty. The exhibition features work by Anna Seven, Margaret Boko, Alison Inkamala, Grace Robinya and Sally M Mulda.
Patrick Mung and Betty Carrington are the senior law people at Warmun (Turkey Creek). This husband and wife are important custodians of Kija culture, and seminal artists. Mung Mung's work captures the back country of the Bungle Bungles with such impressive understanding of its ever-changing light. His painterly spaces contrasted with the detailed dotting of the big rock country perfectly encaptulates the magnificence and grandness of this incredibly breath-taking landscape. He creates a sense of its density using a lightness of touch, the juxtaposition is extraordinary, a skill passed on by his very famous father George Mung Mung. Carrington's fine floating hills give us a sense of other-worldliness, and imply a knowlege beyond the physical. Her fine and gracious hand, belie the strength of the forms she creates. These powerful hills hint at the power of the forces that bought them into being. Short St is extremely honoured to showcase the formidable work of this wonderful couple. We invite you to special opening with the artists to celebrate the Shinju Matsuri festival on Friday 31st August at 6pm.
Short St Gallery in association with Martumili artists is proud to present; Warla: An exploration of the Salt lakes in the Great Sandy Desert, by some of the most exciting emerging artists in the Pilbara region. This show transforms the desert landscape into an exciting sensory overload, filled with beauty and gives a rare insight into the richness of this seemingly barron place. Unfortunately due to the passing of family, the artists are unable to attend due to sorry business, out of respect we will not be doing our opening, however the works be on display from the 3rd August. Please feel free to drop into the gallery to see this fabulous exhibition.