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Learn about Betty Mbitjana's 'My Mother's Country' painting

Betty Mbitjana black and white feature

This black and white piece by Betty Mbitjana beats to a different rhythm; one that quietly makes a statement, grounded in it's own space and confined to it's square boundaries. An uncommon and striking artwork.

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Creating Dark and Moody Spaces

If you're the kind of person who loves a drizzly afternoon, sitting by the window with a camomile tea (or other hot beverage), with a good book, listening to sweet beats, or just watching the rain hit the glass, then you'll know the inspiration and energy that can come from a dark and moody space. 

Adding dark colours and textures to rooms, whether large or small, can create a cosy space you just want to hunker down in and never leave!

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Fresh Fallen Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre painting in fresh green and taupe

This graceful artwork by Gloria Petyarre, a multi award winning Australian artist, is a piece we want to highlight especially because we're all about green right now (see our 'Tips For Decorating With Green' article). 

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GREENY PURVIS PETYARRE: A Spiritual Artist, Leader and Gentleman

"...a very high proportion [of his paintings] are rendered with the greatest integrity and intimate detail. The best of these are a pleasure to behold, and a privilege to possess."

Greeny Purvis Petyarre painting on ground

Greeny Purvis Petyarre was an elder of Alhalkere country, holding ownership of Dreaming stories and ceremonies. He had a deep respect and bond with his land and lived a long life at Boundary Bore, an outstation situated in his country in the Utopia region. 

Read more about Greeny who is featured in our current exhibition Lost Legends | 3 Feb - 31 March 2017.

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Ada Bird: an inspirational figure

Ada Bird Petyarre with her grandson

"She remains an inspiring figure of the early Aboriginal contemporary art movement."

As a senior elder and matriarch of the Anmatyerre people, Ada Bird Petyarre was deeply respected for her cultural role and talent to be able to embed this in her artwork. 

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Tips for decorating with Green

Green is the colour of growth, of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It renews and restores depleted energy. It is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing colour on the earth.

Explore tips and ideas on decorating with this rejuvenating colour.

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2016 bid farewell to Mary Morton Kemarre

Warning: This article includes images and name of a recently deceased person that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Warning: This article includes images and name of a recently deceased person that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

With sadness we say an official farewell to Mary Morton Kemarre of Utopia who passed away in late 2016. 

Mary was a much loved member of Utopia's art community, having been one of the original group of batik artists which formed in the 1980's.

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Spirits of the Desert: A Behind the Scenes Picture Story

Spirits of the Desert came together after extensive collaboration with both artists Colleen Wallace and Angelina Ngale who were featured in the Nov-Jan exhibition.

While the artists spent several months working on the exhibition artworks, much of our preparation and research was spent over a number of years - given that travel to the artists' homes are some 200 km into the desert northeast of Alice Springs in Central Australia; the nearest township. 

Angelina Ngale speaks very little English, and in order to gain insight into her story called Atham-areny, we needed to spend a lot more time with her.

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Anwekety Blue by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale

"Anwekety Blue carries us away to the Dreaming lands with its ultramarine blue and deep magenta hues." - Senior Curator, Dale Jennings

The vivid palette of mystic, watery colours used in this ethereal piece was commissioned especially for something extra special.

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Explore Abie Loy Kemarre's Body Paint Designs

Close up of Abie Loy painting with black and white stripes

These hypnotic black and white crosshatch designs by Abie Loy Kemarre are inspired by some of the oldest living handmade designs in the world. They represent body paint designs painted by the women of Ahalpere country in the Utopia region, some 250km from Alice Springs in Central Australia. This is Abie's traditional country.

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