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GlENN LOUGHREY - LOVE LETTERS TO COUNTRY
11th June - 31st August 2021
Don't miss seeing Glenn Loughrey in the Gallery on July 31st, from 11am to 3pm. See our shop for works by Glenn, and join us Saturday for a truely wonderful afternoon.
Wiradjuri artist, author and minister, Glenn Loughrey will join Kath Wilson, journalist, author and former co-editor of Overland, in lively conversation. They will neither shirk nor make light of the profound or disturbing, but the delight factor will be guaranteed!
Loughrey's work is both a lament and celebration of Country. His overriding concern is for the ongoing impacts of colonisation and the resilience and resistance of Aboriginal people, not as victims or survivors, but as Sovereign Peoples of this land.
Loughrey’s art practice is an exploration of his journey into his family, his mob and his country, and his preoccupation is with the interaction between dominant ‘white culture and the oldest living culture on the planet’. His work explores the impact of that interaction from an Indigenous man’s point of view and Glenn’s purpose is always to engage, challenge and initiate action leading to unification and reconciliation.
He uses combined perspectives; an aerial view of country, with European landscape traditions. He is intrigued by pattern thinking, ‘there are intertwined patterns below above and across the country; the past present and future are connected in one place, the place where you are, and in terms of the art, on the canvas.’ He applies his acrylic paint thickly, one dot at a time, usually with raised, texture to invite touch and interaction. He works so that the individual pieces are not stand-alone, but are viewed as a part of a longer, continuing conversation, ‘reflecting a continuum of deep listening and a personal anthology’.
Loughrey’s recent personal story has been one of returning to his culture. Growing up in Ulan, NSW, he was called ‘Black Fella’s Young Fella’ as a boy, with his family generally avoiding acknowledgement of their Aboriginality because of the violence inherent in the story of Jimmy Blacksmith, and the distinct possibility that Blacksmith, whose real name was Jimmy Governor, was Loughrey's great-grandfather, The inaccurate portrayal of Jimmy Blacksmith as being the instigator of violence brought about a journey by Loughrey, from shame about the stories of the past, to embracing his identity as an Aboriginal man. Having Aboriginal culture denied to him as child, lead Loughrey to find spiritual expression elsewhere and he became an Anglican minister in the white conservative suburb of Glen Iris in Melbourne.
Loughrey’s works have been both finalist and shortlisted in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2017, 2018) and he has held a number of solo exhibitions. In 2020 Loughrey become finalist in the Paddington Art Prize , the Mandorla Art Prize, and the Blake Art Prize, and he is currently working on a large glass installation at St Paul's Cathedral.
Warlukurlangu Artists is a prolific and successful Aboriginal-owned art centre in Central Australia and has work in collections across Australia and internationally. The principle aim of the art centre is to share Warlpiri culture and to increase awareness about Aboriginal culture in general. Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association is the guardian of the Jukurrpa, the law and culture of the Warlpiri and Anmatyerre people living at Yuendumu. These acrylic paintings, as a collection, are a powerful tool of contemporary artistic expression, demonstrating diverse and collaborative methodology, and the artist’s ability to capture the vitality of Jukurrpa and its essential, vital integration with country. The artists’ Jukurrpa stories are vast in time and space, yet simultaneously acute, personal and immediate.
This exhibition includes exciting work from both emerging and established artists: Shorty Jangala Robertson Joy Nangala Brown Pauline Napangardi Gallagher Polly Anne Napangardi Dixon Christine Napanangka Michaels Phyllis Napurrurla Williams Sarah Napurrurla White Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton Geraldine Napangardi Granites Magda Nakamarra Curtis Maisie Nungarrayi Ward Mary Napangardi Butcher Steven Jupurrurla Nelson Chantelle Nampijinpa Robertson Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan Christine Nakamarra Curtis Angelina Nampiijnpa Tasman Sabrina Nangala Robertson Daphne Napurrurla White Serena Nakamarra Shannon Janelle Napurrurla Wilson Saraeva Napangardi Marshall Roxanne Nungarrayi Martin Athena Nangala Granites Marlene Napurrurla Ross Molly Napurrurla Martin Lorraine Nungarrayi Granites