IDAIA - International Development for Australian Indigenous Art, in partnership with Shashin Photos and the Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong & Macau, present ‘WaterMark – The signature of life’ is a highly curated exhibition of Australian Aboriginal art. Held from 6 September 2012 to 8 September 2012 in Hong Kong, it gathers thirty spectacular paintings created by top collectible Aboriginal artists.
Water is a symbol of vitality and plays a crucial role in desert life; consequently it is an essential part of the Aboriginal mythical creation stories (dreamings). The paintings gathered for the exhibition present a rich diversity of expressions of the water pattern, as specific sites or as a symbolic presence. The exhibition allows to reflect on this sign and its symbolic value in the Aboriginal acrylic painting as well as in society. It also allows artistic talents and individualities to emerge.
The exhibition includes masterpieces, coming for most of them from private collections, which are beautiful examples of Aboriginal masters’ artistic ingenuity, talent and beauty.
The main body of selected works originates from three major, historical art communities: Papunya (Papunya Tula Artists, NT), Yuendumu (Warlukurlangu Artists, NT) and Balgo Hill (Warlayiriti Artists, WA).
The featured artists are prominent painters and rising stars who have played important roles in their art centres. Art centres are the official and ethical artist cooperatives as recognised by the Australian Government, belonging to the Aboriginal artists, and ensuring the best provenance for the buyers, collectors and investors in terms of authenticity, quality and permanent traceability. The list of artists includes notably Judy Napangardi Watson, Eubena Nampitjin, Helicopter, Elizabeth Nyumi, Theresa Nowee, Ningura Napurrula, Joseph Jurra Tjapaljarri, Yukulji Napangati.
'WaterMark' also includes paintings by artists of emerging communities to complete the show, as a glimpse of what is today’s Aboriginal art in other ‘rising stars’ communities.
WaterMark illustrates also the new cultural links and achievements between China and Australia. Indeed, Aboriginal art has gain much visibility over the past two years in Asia, notably thanks the Year of Australian Culture, celebrated in China in 2011. On this occasion, a few institutional Aboriginal art exhibitions toured in China among which 'Our Land/Our Body', presenting 65 major Aboriginal artworks from the Warburton Collections. Facing an important success (a quarter million visitors through seven cities), this exhibition will tour in six other Chinese cities in 2013.
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