The Martu have a unique painting practice which is rapidly gaining international attention. More than 40 works have been selected for the exhibition, ranging from illustrative snapshots of ordinary daily life, such as camel hunts and desert football matches, to hypnotically beautiful paintings by senior artists.
These artworks are suffused with the Martu’s experience of the Western Desert and explore major sites, ancestral stories, land use, fire burning practices and life in these remote communities.
Stories of selected paintings are available on headset.
Bugai Whyoulter. Painting my country for my exhibition, 2011; Kalpa, 2010; Kartarru, 2010. All works acrylic on linen, 300 x 125cm
Jakayu Biljabu, Jila Kujarra, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 46cm
Jakayu Biljabu, Pitu and Yarturti, 2009, acrylic on linen, 152 x 76cm
Minyawe Miller, Karlamilyi River, 2010, acrylic on linen, 152 x 76 cm
Muuki Taylor, The Seven Sisters, circa 2006, pencil on paper, 42 x 60cm
Muuki Taylor, Tali (sandhills), 2008, acrylic on linen, 107 x 91 cm
Ngamaru Bidu, Wantili Claypan, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 107 x 152 cm
Nora Nungabar, Minyi Puru - Parnkarpini, 2010, acrylic on linen, 152 x 106 cm