Spinifex Hill Studio artists showcase their work in Fremantle

Spinifex Hill Studio artist Katie Nalgood (Photo: Tony Kearney)
Spinifex Hill Studio artist Katie Nalgood (Photo: Tony Kearney)

LANDSCAPES, birdlife and abstract imagery will be on show at the Spinifex Hill studio artists’ new Paru art exhibition.

Artitja Fine Art Gallery director Anna Kanaris said she visited the studio in South Hedland last year to meet the artists and discuss the potential for an exhibition.

“The word PARU means spinifex in two of the many language groups – – Manylilyjarra and Nyangumarta – that is the first language of most of the artists who paint in the studio, and spinifex is a common theme to all the desert painters in the north west of WA,” she said.

“The Spinifex Hill Studio artists paintings are quite unique, both in style and story.

“The fresh approach to their subject piqued my interest and I became quite intrigued and excited about the aesthetic coming out of the art centre.”

Kanaris said she hoped it would give an opportunity for the public to become more informed.

“We establish an opportunity for the public to leave more informed about the art and the importance of culture and storytelling,” she said.

“All art lovers will get something out of this exhibition, it is vibrant, quirky, abstract, modern and I really feel it radiates joy, peacefulness and a confidence in experimentation.

“In a few short years, these artists across all ages who come from a wide spread of the desert region in our north west have shown themselves to be masters of their craft and fit comfortably into a fine art world that has seen them exhibited across the country in reputable galleries, and as far as the USA.

“It quite an honour to be working with the Spinifex Hill Art Studio artists and I’m very much looking forward to people’s reactions to this exhibition.”

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: PARU by the Spinifex Hill Studio artists.

WHEN: Until Saturday June 16.

WHERE: 330 South Terrace, South Fremantle.