Back in my high school years, I was a keen art student overflowing with many artistic dreams. Of course, most of them were quite unrealistic – but a few have stayed with me.
1) To have an art exhibition. In October 2007, I had an opportunity of a lifetime. I collaborated with some friends and we put on our very first group art exhibition. It was such an excellent and exciting experience. And a dream come true!
2) To start an art collection. I love it when a picture takes my breath away – when colours, shapes, and textures inspire every molecule in my body, and I’m left basking in an afterglow of enchantment. To have my home full of these incredible images! To build a collection!
So here I am, at the brink of a new dream.
I now own my first piece of original art! Eeeek!
I am soooo so so so thrilled, inspired and I’m buzzing with excitement! I want to shout out to the world, I want share it with others, I want to buy gifts of art for my friends!
by Colleen Wallace Nungari
“The painting depicts the dancing Dreamtime Sisters. Ancestral spirit figures known to the Eastern Arrernte people of Central Australia as Irrernte – arenye. The spirits look after their country and guide their families.”
It arrived from Central Art Aboriginal Art Store, a site specialising in authentic contemporary and traditional Aboriginal paintings.
I was really impressed with their level of professionalism – the painting came nicely rolled up, with a biography of the artist, a photograph of the artist (with the painting), and a Certificate of Authenticity – proving that it is an one-off, totally unique original, not just a print.
My particular work is certainly from the more affordable end of the spectrum …but I still love it! I’ve been told it’s a good place to start an art collection!
I’m holding it in my hand and I can’t believe it’s mine. It’s so stunning. So unexpected. So original. It speaks of a 100,000-year-ancient-yet-still-living culture and an expression that I can’t even begin to understand, but I am truly spellbound.
Here are links to some other particularly amazing Indigenous paintings I found on the Central Art Store.
Sand Dune Country by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa
Mina-Mina 2005 by Dorothy Napangardi
Awelye & Bush Melon by Minnie Pwerle
Womens Ceremony by Nanyuma Napangarti
Central Art is holding a competition to win an Abie Loy Kemarre painting valued at AUD$3,000. Entry is free. You just need to signup to the Central Art mailing list, and fill in a simple form. Competition closes 30 May 2008.