The Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery exhibits and markets the work of prominent, established, and emerging Aboriginal artists from the Dunghutti region and throughout New South Wales’s Mid North Coast.
Additionally, the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery provides educational opportunities for schools and the general public.
The gallery features an extensive collection of outstanding Aboriginal artworks by some of the region’s leading artists.
Additionally, we carry a selection of giftware designed by Aboriginal artists, including jewelry, clothing, scarves, cushion covers, stationery, and homewares.
The Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery is located in the Val Melville Centre in South Kempsey Park, adjacent to the Museum and just a short drive from the Slim Dusty Centre.
For travelers, we are an ideal stop along the Pacific Highway.
Come in and take a visual tour of our community’s cultural heritage.
GET TO KNOW OUR LOCAL ARTISTS
SOME OF OUR PAINTERS
WRIGHT, LEO “LEEKO”
Leo Wright, or LEEKO as he is known to many, is a self-taught artist from Dunghutti. He has been creating Aboriginal art for a long period of time, beginning in his youth in the Bellbrook and Kempsey areas of New South Wales’ Mid-North Coast.
“My works are now in private and public collections throughout Europe, Asia, Egypt (at the Cairo Museum), North America, and even the Vatican in Rome. The painting commissioned for Pope Benedict XVI’s August 2008 visit to Australia was well-received. My inspiration for Traditional Aboriginal Art stems from a desire to express how Aboriginal people survived in the past by coexisting with and caring for one another.”
Gus Kelly was born in 1949 in Kempsey, New South Wales, and is of Dunghutti ancestry.
Gus has been creating art since 1997, when he graduated from Kempsey TAFE College with a diploma in art. Gus has been a finalist in a number of awards, including the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award and the Indigenous Art Prize of the Parliament of New South Wales.
Gus enjoys using charcoal, colored pencils, and acrylic paint to create portraits and images of indigenous animals.
“I am extremely proud to be a Dunghutti woman. I was born in Kempsey and have lived in the beautiful Macleay Valley for the majority of my life. I am inspired to paint by the beauty of the valley, its mountains, river, streams, creeks, beaches, and people. My life revolves around the valley, and I enjoy sharing its beauty with others.
I’ve spent nearly my entire life drawing and painting. My father and grandfather were both artists, as well as extremely proud Dunghutti men. From the time I was a child, I would watch them create their art. Apart from absorbing creativity from my father and grandfather, as well as some technical assistance and encouragement from a very talented and dear friend, I am largely self-taught.
I find painting and drawing to be extremely relaxing, and I am constantly conceptualizing new paintings and ideas in my head, ready to be transferred to a canvas. I am capable of working with a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, watercolour, ink, acrylic, and various collage techniques.
My interests are numerous, diverse, and varied. I prefer to paint Aboriginal subjects from a higher vantage point, looking down on the land. I view the landscape and flora through a pixelated lens, which I reflect in the images on my canvases.
I’ve visited the Northern Territory, South Australia, and the Central Desert region of Australia. During my time there, I was fortunate to learn some painting techniques from some of the area’s most talented artists. My paintings incorporate characteristics and techniques from several of these artists.
My paintings can be found in private residences and offices throughout Australia, Switzerland, and Germany. A gallery curator purchased several of my paintings as an investment for one of her clients.”
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