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For more than three decades, Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery has been linked to Aboriginal art thanks to its directors. In all of our dealings with Aboriginal art and artists, we pledge to conduct business fairly and ethically.

In addition to being an Aboriginal Art Association of Australia member, Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery is also a founding member of the Indigenous Art Code initiative, which is a Federal Government initiative to establish best practices for the industry in terms of quality and ethical standards.

Exhibits Currently on Display

Gallery 1

The dates are 15 October and 18 November 2021, respectively.

Dorothy Napangardi’s eldest daughter, Julie Nangala Robinson, is an accomplished artist in her own right. Because she began painting in the late 1990s, she has been influenced by the minimalism and contemporary style of her mother Dorothy when it comes to creating her own artwork. Many of her paintings are inspired by the Pirlinyanu Water Dreaming Site, which features in her father’s traditional country’s Dreaming stories at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Images of permanent and seasonal water, rain clouds building up, storms, waterholes and saltpans abound in the paintings that refer to the Ngapa Tjukurrpa. Refined structures with a limited number of contrasting colors express these ideas. Blocks that diverge in some way from one another emphasize the pulsing rhythm of rain and water. The Pirlinyanu rock formation’s silhouette appears repeatedly in the artwork.

Several paintings in the exhibition demonstrate how well the elements in Julie Nangala’s work are highlighted on large canvases, demonstrating how successful her work is on a large scale.

I am Derbarl Yerrigan, the Yonder Shane Hansen of the world

Gallery 2

The dates are 15 October and 18 November 2021, respectively.

Several of Whadjuk Ballardong artist Yondee Shane Hansen’s most recent paintings depict traditional songlines and walking paths along the waterways associated with the Swan River in the coastal plains around Perth, Western Australia’s capital city.. From Joondalup to urban Perth and the Beeliar Wetlands, he depicts how the Swan River and large coastal lakes are intertwined in his paintings. The Noongar Aboriginal people of Western Australia have Dreaming stories that incorporate the city’s rivers. According to Yondee Shane Hansen, the river connects the freshwater inhabitants of the inland to the saltwater inhabitants of the coast.

Connecting with these trails, the Dingo Dreaming track contours along the river. Yondee talks about “swimming with the Wargyl” along the river course because of the presence of the water spirit known as the Wargyl. According to the elders, this is also the location of the fresh water turtle, which was significant for its medicinal value. Swan River is not the literal translation of Derbarl Yerrigan, which is called Narlak Beeliar (Swan River) (River). In addition to fresh water Turtle Dreaming, Derbarl Yerrigan can refer to a brackish water Turtle Dreaming in a river.

Aboriginal people used Gnamma holes to collect water run-off from rock surfaces and store it in small, protected wells, which Yondee painted.

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