Emily Ngarnal Evans: Balibal Country - Art Collector

Emily Evans, Spotted Stingray, 2015. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 121 x 121cm. Courtesy: the artist & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

This exhibition continues the artist’s long-running fascination with the form and patterns of the Balibal (Spotted Stingray), the artist’s spiritual totem.

Evans’ paintings entail a mark-making that is intensely detailed and precise, but also conveys an organic movement suggestive of the passage of the stingray through water.

Her diamond-shaped canvases present swirling fields of dots, a mesmerising celestial vision that draws the viewer in closer. Born in Gununa, Mornington Island, Evans inherited the stories of the Balibal from her father Kulhangarr Kenneth Jacobs, an accomplished artist and custodian of their country.

The intricate body markings of the stingray linger perpetually in Evan’s consciousness; it is a presence that binds her to the past, to her father, and her landscape. Through the Balibal design Evans evokes her rich cultural heritage, transposing it into a majestic contemporary expression.

Emily Evans’ sophisticated interpretation of her totem is admired by art lovers around Australia and internationally, having exhibited her work at such high profile art fairs as Melbourne Art Fair, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and Korea International Art Fair. Evans was a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the 2015 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Victoria. In 2015 her artwork features in major public exhibitions including Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art and ARTNOW Far North Queensland at Cairns Regional Gallery in November 2015.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Wednesday 22 July 2015
Exhibition closes: 14 August 2015
Location: Alcaston Gallery, 11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: 03 9418 6444
Email: art@alcastongallery.com.au

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