Alcaston & Utopia artists join major collections - Art Collector

Greg Semu, Self Portrait with Side of Pe'a, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay, 2012. Digital type C print, 72 x 100cm, edition of 10. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

4 December 2013 | Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne and Utopia Art Sydney recently announced which of their artists have had works acquired by respected institutions.

The Alcaston artists whose works are joining key collections are Greg Semu, Netta Loogatha, Nonggirrnga Marawili and Hector Burton.

Semu's
Self Portrait with Side of Pe'a, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay, pictured above, has been acquired by Artbank. His practice investigates cultural displacement, the colonial impact on Indigenous cultures and issues of representation. His works are also held in public collections in France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.

Birrmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Makarrki, 2013. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 198 x 101cm. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Netta Loogatha's Makarrki, pictured above, has also been acquired by Artbank. Loogatha is among the wave of artists from the Mornington Island region in Queensland gaining national and international prominence for their vibrant depictions of country and their surroundings. Her work is also held in the National Gallery of Victoria.

Nonggirrnga Marawili, Thunderman Raining Down, 2012 (detail). Natural ochre on bark, 63 x 188cm. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Nonggirrnga Marawili has had two large scale bark works acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria - Thunderman Raining Down (detail shown above) and Wandawuy. She held her debut solo exhibition earlier this year at Alcaston and was also a finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards.

Hector Burton's work
Punu-ngura has been acquired by the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. His works are also held in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Helen Eager, VIF, 2010. Oil on linen, 300 x 200cm. Courtesy: the artist and Utopia Art Sydney

Utopia Art Sydney artists whose works are joining key collections are Helen Eager and Peter Upward.

Eager's work
VIF, pictured above, has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her work is also held in the National Art Gallery, Canberra and state, regional and university collections across the country.

Upward's work
Syncopation no 5 has also been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Upward studied at the Julian Ashton School Sydney under John Passmore and held solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He passed away in 1983 and a survey show of his works was held at AGNSW the year after his death. His work is also held in the Australian National Gallery, other state galleries and in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.


Alexandra Djurichkovic



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