Vale, Kunmanara (Pungkai) Bertani. It is with disbelief and saddness that we post his obituary. He will be greatly missed.
Image: Boddington = BT, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 197.5 x 220 cm. Collection: Art Gallery of South Australia. Gift of Wayne McGeoch through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Gene Mann works across mixed media paintings, monotype, collage and sculpture. Her art expresses the act of creating which for Gene is always the immediate need for sharing ideas and emotions with the world. This makes Gene Mann’s works a very personal declaration of independence.
To see more of Gene Mann's works, please go to her Artist profile on our website.
Image: Gene Mann, Aubes brunes #1, 2013, monotype on paper, H30 x W42 cm. Courtesy the Artist.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia has just acquired an important early work by Tiger Palpatja.
Created in 2007, Wanampi Tjukurpa is the sacred story of the powerful water serpent brothers that reside at Piltati, a waterhole between Nyapari and his homeland near Amata in the APY Lands of South Australia. This period of painting signals the shift towards his trademark expressive, commanding style that won him the esteem of not only public galleries and serious collectors in Australia, but art lovers around the world. To stand before a Palpatja is to witness the marks of an artist whose artistic vision can only be described as genius.
The work was painted at Tjala Arts and was in the Marshall Collection until its recent acquisition by the Art Gallery of WA through our gallery. In 2010, it was exhibited in an exhibition of South Australian artists, Intangibles in Terra Australis at Kuba Kutxa, San Sebastian, Spain and published in the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
We are convinced that in time, Tiger Palpatja will be as well-known as other Australian artists like Rover Thomas, Sidney Nolan and Fiona Hall.
Image: Tiger Palpatja, Wanampi Tjukurpa, 2007, acrylic on linen, 152.5 x 122 cm. Provenance: Tjala Arts. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 2016.
Cosima Hawemann is exhibiting in a group show, WALD which includes works by international artists such as Elger Esser, Izima Kaoru, Simon Schubert, and others. WALD is a thematic exhibition about forests and the roles they play in our lives and mythologies.
Van der Grinten Galerie, Gertrudenstr. 29, 50667 Cologne, Germany until January 2017.
Image: Cosima Hawemann, Forest 2017, acrylic on print on paper, 21 x 29 cm. Courtesy the Artist.
We congratulate Samuel Miller on his inclusion in Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery!
Curated by Carrie Kibbler, this exhibition is a major survey of 50 artists from across the APY Lands and runs until 11 December 2016. His work Ngayuku Ngura 2016 (image) was selected for this exhibition. For purchase enquiries, please contact us.
Visit our solo exhibition, SAMUEL MILLER | For the love of colour to view additional works by Miller.
Image: Samuel Miller, Ngayuku Ngura, 2016, acrylic on linen, 183 x 110 cm (cat. no. 171). Copyright the Artist and Ninuku Arts.
We congratulate Belle Davidson Karrika on having her painting "Maralinga Bomb" acquired by the Australian War Memorial.
According to the Memorial, this work is a significant addition to its permanent collection. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra is Australia's national memorial and archive of Australia's war activities. Maralinga, 800 km northwest of Adelaide, was one of the sites of the British nuclear tests after the Second World War. Much of the information surrounding these tests is still locked in sealed files.
In the lead up to the tests, Native Patrols were sent throughout the surrounding areas to forcibly remove Aboriginal people living on the traditional country, but many of them were not found, including Karrika's family. They remained in the desert ... [continue reading]
Claudia Larissa Artz has just returned from a two month artist residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. During this time, Artz completed a series of ink drawings on paper, les dessins de Paris (drawings of Paris).
Paris is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and abundant exhibitions. Countless artists from around the world have flocked to Paris seeking inspiration and stimulation. Artz, however, chose to restrict her artmaking to the barest minimum: ink, paper, brush and feather.
She says: "I went to Paris 'empty' so that during the time I was going to be there, I could develop something new. This self-imposed restriction, which initially appeared to be self-limiting, became over time a concentration and focus on the essential."
Claudia Larissa Artz will be exhibiting with us in February 2017, and we look forward to seeing in which direction this new focus takes her work.
Visit her artist profile to see the work from her previous exhibition.
The provenance of an art object has a significant impact on its value, and even its saleability. It necessarily encompasses two aspects: the authenticity of authorship; and the proof of ownership. Within Australian Aboriginal (or Indigenous) art, determining authorship and ownership come with cultural and market implications that may not be evident to the non-expert or international collector. As Aboriginal art gains in international importance, collectors need to understand the particularities of this market if they are to make acquisitions that will meet museum standards. There are many rewards to be gained from collecting Aboriginal art, but it is also an area where ethics and the path to market play significant roles in the validity and value of the provenance ... [continue reading]
As you look around your home, you realise that you’ve started to amass a number of artworks. You also spend hours each week reading about exhibitions, artists, fairs and searching for work on various online platforms. It’s time to admit you’ve been bitten by the art bug. The good news is that you’ll be infected for life, despite the best efforts of economists, accountants and their armies of tenacious number crunchers to find a cure. But how do you ensure you build a great collection? ... [continue reading]
In its recent e-magazine Living and working in Luxembourg, Luxembourg for Finance, a government agency, ran a story on the itondo augmented reality mobile app we developed and launched a few months ago. We're delighted that Galerie Zadra also features in the article!
The e-magazine is circulated to a large international readership which is primarily in the banking and finance sectors. To read it, click here.
To download the free itondo iOS mobile app that lets you visualise art on your wall to scale, go directly to the App Store here.
Karen and Dirk were invited by Maastricht University and Maastricht City Council to take part in a symposium on how the City of Maastricht could leverage the potential of their creative industries. When art lovers hear "Maastricht", the art fair TEFAF immediately comes to mind. However, the city has many more thriving creatives, ranging from fashion to theatre, which the city council would like to put on the map too. So Prof. Rachel Pownall from Maastricht University, who chaired the symposium, invited Karen and Dirk to share their insights and experiences as gallerists and art entrepreneurs (through itondo).
The image shows Karen and Dirk together with Erik de Jong (left), Director Museum aan het Vrijthof and Marina Gertsberg, moderator (far left). Also on the panel was Titia Vellenga (not pictured), TEFAF.
Vincent Namatjira's important work of Captain Cook features in a review by Der Tagesspiegel of the British Museum's exhibition, Enduring Civilisation. Read the review in German here.
In case you missed the Australian's ABC lateline's feature on Vincent Namatjira and his great art, you can watch it here again.
Galerie Zadra is pleased to announce that we'll be part of itondo.com - the international fine art market place with the visualisation app that lets art lovers and art buyers view their favourite piece of art on their walls, in real-time and to scale.
For many years, Galerie Zadra (and Marshall Arts) has embraced new technology when advising our clients and promoting the beautiful work of our artists and communities. We believe that the itondo app will further enhance those relationships and perhaps even revolutionise the way galleries and artists will present, and art buyers will choose, their artwork.
Galerie Zadra is committed to the best - also in IT.
Download the itondo iOS app on the App Store here.
Or check out the itondo video on youtube that shows how the itondo app works.
We were delighted to be in London for the official opening by HRH The Prince of Wales of the British Museum's exhibition Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation. Galerie Zadra was invited as Vincent Namatjira's representative gallery.
While there, we caught up for a cup of tea with Mr Simon Hogan, Amanda Dent, and Brian Hallett from Spinifex arts project, as well as John Carty from the National Museum of Australia and a member of the curatorial team ... [continue reading]
NEW NAME; same impeccable ethics and exceptional service
Since arriving in Europe, we've found that there is growing interest in Aboriginal art. To meet this need, we've decided to rebrand from Marshall Arts to Galerie Zadra and run as an online gallery. Nothing else will change. Galerie Zadra remains an Australian business with pricing in Australian Dollars. We will continue to serve our clients, the international market and our artists.
Galerie Zadra will be launching with an exhibition of special works from the Estate of Nyankulya Watson, in association with Tjungu Palya. Mrs Watson was one of the most important founding painters of the APY Lands contemporary movement.
After almost 15 years, Marshall Arts will close its doors in Adelaide.
Dirk and Karen are moving to Europe at the end of the year to launch an exciting, new IT-driven art venture on which they have been working for a few months already. Its scope will not only comprise the Australian art market but will offer opportunities for European artists, galleries, and art lovers as well.
When Karen started at the gallery 7 years ago as Manager, Graeme Marshall promised her the ride of her life, and he was right. Karen sums it up as follows: "I've had the pleasure and privilege of working with some of the country's most talented and important artists, dedicated and passionate art centre managers, as well as public and private collectors of all shapes and sizes in Australia and overseas. Along the way, I've met truly wonderful people and I've delighted in the heartfelt exchanges about art, culture, life and the universe."
And she concludes: "While it is sad to see this wonderful gallery close in Adelaide, I leave knowing that Marshall Arts has been instrumental in shaping an awareness of best-practice ethics and respect for artist-owned centres. My most fervent wish is that you continue to demand the highest levels of ethical practice of the Aboriginal art market. Remember the golden rule: Provenance is King!"
In 1996, Karen was a young student art teacher preparing for a unit on Aboriginal art for a class of Year 8 students in country NSW. Naturally, she included Albert Namatjira as the first widely recognised Aboriginal artist. Like many Australians, Karen had grown up with a reproduction of his beautiful ghost gums in the family room. She was familiar with his art, but knew nothing of his story. Karen was stunned and appalled to learn that he was our first Aboriginal citizen, and that the subsequent cultural conflict engendered by his citizenship would ultimately lead to his premature death.
"Namatjira's tragedy has stayed with me over the ensuing decades", says Karen. "To now be able to present his grandson's personal interpretation of this great man's life is a tremendous honour."
Vincent’s series of thirteen paintings, Albert’s Story, is a homage to his beloved grandfather as much as it is a historical document. This body of work is, by all accounts, the first time that Albert’s life from youth to death has been depicted in one whole series. The fact that it is being told by one of Albert’s direct descendants makes it even more poignant.
We hope that Albert's Story inspires everyone to look more closely at the life of this remarkable Australian.
Marshall Arts is delighted that the complete series has been reserved by a public gallery keen to keep it together. Vincent is without doubt destined to inherit his grandfather's mantel of a great Australian artist. To all who have supported him thus far, we thank you!
We are thrilled to have assisted the British Museum to acquire Vincent Namatjira's recent painting, James Cook - with the declaration, for its permanent collection.
The curators at the Museum are delighted with the work and described it as "fantastic". Namatjira presents a personal and witty interpretation of this solemn occasion that changed the course of Indigenous people's lives forever. From that moment, Britain's and Australia's peoples and histories have been fused.
We congratulate Vincent on his wonderful achievement!
Congratulations to Garawan Wanambi, winner of the Bark category at this year's Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards! This heavenly bark has been acquired by a public gallery.
The 31st Telstra NATSIAA is Garawan's fourth time as a finalist in Australia's most highly anticipated award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Of his winning piece, judges commented that "Viewers will be mesmerized by the distinctive patterns and the lustrous surface of the painting that imitate the idea of light on water." Garawan's ability to convey the changing emotional states of the waters associated with his sacred story is profoundly moving.
We are delighted to have Garawan currently exhibiting with us, along with fellow Buku-Larrngay Mulka artists Manini Gumana, Marrnyula Munungurr and Galuma Maymuru.
We warmly congratulate the other Award winners: Tony Albert (Telstra Award), Daniel Walbidi (Painting), Nici Cumpston (Work on Paper), Alick Tipoti (3D) and Kieran Karritpul (Youth).
Congratulations to senior APY Lands artist and leader, Hector Burton, on winning prestigious Red Ochre Award at the Seventh National Indigenous Arts Award last night in Sydney. The Red Ochre Award recognises a lifetime achievement in the arts.
David Gulpilil, one of Marshall Arts’ guest artists, is at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the highly rated film by Rolf de Heer, Charlie’s Country, in which David takes the role of the lead character. This film also features Bobby Bununggurr and Peter Minygululu from Bula’bula.
We wish David and Rolf every success.
Marshall Arts is pleased to report that up-and-coming contemporary artist, James Tylor, whose thoughtful photomedia work we represent, is having a very successful year. He has been selected as a finalist in three prizes, and will be participating in a photomedia festival in the US ... [continue reading]
Marshall Arts is very pleased to welcome Buku-Larrnggay Mulka to the gallery!
We look forward to exhibiting four of their extraordinary artists - Manini Gumana [image], Marrnyula Munuggurr, Galuma Maymuru, and Garwan Wanabi - in August this year, and beyond.
Yirrkala is known around the world for its exceptional, innovative barks and poles and we're very excited to be working with them. Only two and a half months to go!
Drawing her inspiration from the water goanna and the honey ancestor, Robin Djunginy is a highly acclaimed artist best known for her woven bottles and her paintings. Working through Bula’bula Arts and with Marshall Arts, her work is justifiably recognised. Her mastery as a weaver was acknowledged last year with the National Gallery of Australia's acquisition of her huge fish trap, direct from the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards.
And the accolades continue: A collection of her woven bottles is now on a national tour in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition, string theory, which is presently at the Museum and Art Gallery NT. Three of the original bottles are in our current Bula'bula exhibition.
May found one of Marshall Arts’ featured artists, Vincent Namatjira, on a research trip to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, in order to view the watercolours and objects of his grandfather, the esteemed artist Albert Namatjira ... [more]
The Adelaide Airport exhibition, Desert to Coast, was a great success, catching the eye of the many 20,000 odd travellers passing through each day.
The invigorating collection of contemporary Aboriginal paintings, curated by Marshall Arts and our South Australian art centres, splashed a rainbow of colour and culture from one end of the terminal to the other. It showcased the excellence of our South Australian desert artists and took the onlooker from the arid APY Lands on the SA/NT border to the resplendent coast at Ceduna. Those who stopped, looked and read the information panels were taken, for a moment or two, on their own imaginative walkabout.
Marshall Arts would like to acknowledge all those who helped us with this big event; and who sent comments and praise - often unexpected but nevertheless very much appreciated!
We are pleased to report that significant institutions have recently acquired some our artists.
Congratulations to the artists on their brilliant successes!
Vincent Namatjira, the grandson of the legendary water colourist, Albert Namatjira (1902-1959), has painted a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate their first visit to Adelaide.
Vincent wanted to mark the occasion of the Duke and Duchess’s visit by creating a portrait of the young, modern couple in a relaxed mood. The historical links between the Namatjira family and the Royal Family go back to the 1950s when Albert and the Queen met.
Namatjira says, “My painting is a personal acknowledgement of the Queen’s award to my grandfather, Albert. This is from one grandson to the other, a sign of friendship and respect, to Prince William, his wife Catherine and baby George. I am happy William and Catherine have come to South Australia. I hope one day I can shake his hand, like my grandfather shook the Queen’s.”
Some person calling themselves variously Barrie Morgan, Morgan Barry now Thomas Sweeney has been contacting people - mostly female university students - saying that he is looking for a paid assistant to help him launch Marshall Arts in the USA. He has been providing our website address to validate his claim of working with us.
HIS CLAIMS ARE FRAUDULENT. We have no connection to him, nor do we know who he is. If you are contacted, we advise you to ignore and delete the email immediately.
It is with great sadness that we mark the recent passing of Pamela Kouwenhoven. There will be a public memorial service for her on Saturday, 12 April ... [continue reading]
Karen and Dirk Zadra, Marshall Arts' Directors, speak to Ocula about the gallery's platform and forthcoming exhibition program, the Indigenous art industry and the importance of Aboriginal owned art centres.
[Painting by Hector Burton, Tjala Arts]
We warmly congratulate James Tylor on being the recipient of the $15,000 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, announced last night in Sydney.
His two prize-winning limited edition digital prints from the (Deleted Scenes) From an untouched landscape series have been acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection (...continued).
We are delighted to announce that Artbank has acquired Vincent Namatjira's Captain Cook painting from our recent exhibition. Namatjira is the young grandson of the legendary Albert Namatjira (... continued).
Peter Minygululu and Bobby Bununggurr are two of the artists from Bula'bula Arts who feature alongside David Gulpilil in Rolf de Heer's latest movie, Charlie's Country.
The film will premiere during the Adelaide Film Festival at Piccadilly Cinema, North Adelaide. Minygululu will travel to Adelaide for the film's gala opening on 12 October. [ ... more]
Tjala Arts will be participating in the 2014 Adelaide Biennale, Dark Heart, curated by AGSA Director, Nick Mitzevich.
The Kulata Project was initiated and run by the senior men at Tjala. 'Kulata' is the traditional weapons used by men only. Congratulations to the men at Tjala for being selected!This is a resounding acknowledgement of their tremendous talent and contribution to contemporary Australian art.
We congratulate Beaver Lennon for being selected as one of the finalists in the prestigious WA Indigenous Art Awards! This Award recognises the significant contribution that Indigenous artists make to Australia. Lennon is one of sixteen finalists in the WAIAA, Australia's richest Indigenous art award. [ ... more]
We are pleased to announce that the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, has just acquired artworks by Philip Gudthaykudthay, Bobby Bununggurr, Kunmanara Kankapankatja & Cornelia Tipuamantumirri ... (continued).
The Art Gallery of South Australia has acquired Iwana Ken's Kamala Tjuta, 2012 tapestry painting from our May exhibition, Kuwari kutju warkarinyi kaltjitila artists: New work from Kaltjiti ... (continued).
Tjungu Palya artist Maureen Baker has been announced by Copyright Agency | Viscopy as one of 22 finalists for this year's John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging artists. The prize is worth $10,000.
The Prize exhibition will be held at Sydney's Gaffa Galleries from 24 August to 14 September. The prize’s judges Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Felicity Fenner, Dr Sanné Mestrom and Kath Fries will select one winner, to be announced at Gaffa Galleries on Tuesday 27 August. Entries were received from across Australian and New Zealand. John Fries was a former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer.
Maureen is one of Tjungu Palya's exciting new-generation emerging artists. We congratulate Maureen, and wish her the very best of luck!
Maureen Baker, Ngayuku Mamaku Ngura (My Father’s Country), 2012, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 200cm, © Maureen Baker/Licensed by Viscopy.
Robyn Djunginy, Bula'Bula Arts, is exhibiting an installation of her woven bottles as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, 16 August - 27 October. She will be joined by fellow Bula'bula weaver, Frances Djulibing.
This exhibition of over 22 artists and artist groups will expand current notions of craft and art. Djunginy's and Djulibing's works were especially commissioned by the MCA for this exhibition.
There are a variety of activities and workshops organised around this exhibition.The accompanying weaving workshop being run by artists from Bula'bula has already sold out!
For more information on string theory, visit the MCA website.
Photo: Bula'bula Arts. Courtesy the Museum of Contemporary Art
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one the APY Land's grand old dames, Kunmanara Kawiny of Tjala Arts. She was one of the oldest people in the region and was highly regarded for her knowledge of Law and Country. She was also a gifted artist who brought the magnificent beauty of the bush to her canvas ... (continued).
Clients and visitors at the gallery on Sunday were treated to a special insight into the lives, culture and stories of Tjala's artists. The artists gave generously of their time and knowledge, taking us on a wonderful journey through their beautiful country.
For more details and photos of the artists, click on the image or link above.
Artbank has acquired a work by emerging Kaltjiti artist, Steven Pompey, from the gallery's recent Kaltjiti Arts exhibition, "Kuwari kutju warkarinyi kaltjitila artists: New work from Kaltjiti". This is Pompey's first public institution acquisition.
We are thrilled to announce that Artbank has acquired the major Helen Curtis painting from our April Tjungu Palya exhibition. Curtis is an emerging artist who came to prominence at last year's Desert Mob exhibition in Alice Springs. Curtis is the daughter of highly-acclaimed Tjungu Palya artist, Angkaliya Curtis.
Marshall Arts is very pleased to announce that we are now working with Bula'bula Arts from Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Mitchell, a senior artist at Warakurna Artists, Ngaanyatjarra lands, Western Australia. Mr Mitchell passed away last night in Kalgoorlie Hospital after a long illness. He was one of the most important artists from the western desert region. He was around 70 years of age.
The Australian War Memorial has acquired from Marshall Arts an important painting by the late Alec Forrest of Mangkaja Art Resources, Western Australia.
Titled Darnku Country, Forrest speaks of a time when his brother was helping to move cattle through the rugged Kimberly region. Forrest makes mention of the significant sites in the area and their importance to the local people. Of particular interest is that as he recalls the event and the country, he locates it specifically during the Second World War.
Pungkai has been selected for tough(er) love, a comprehensive group exhibition of artists from the Eyre Peninsula curated by John Neylon, opening at Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, on 22 February.