Mavis Ngallametta: Ikalath - Art Collector

Mavis Ngallametta, Ikalath #7, 2012. Ochres and charcoal with acrylic binder on linen, 200 x 290cm. Courtesy: the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

Born in the coastal community of Aurukun on the Cape York Peninsula, Ngallametta first became recognised for her traditional weaving and basketry. It was not until 2008 that she began developing her unique painting style and translated her weaving practice into a contemporary visual language.

Inspired by the spectacular landscape of her country, Ngallametta’s paintings depict commanding cliff formations, sinuous rivers, clay wetlands and the visceral coastline of Aurukun. Intricate bands of red bauxite earth and white clay (ochres that are distinct to the landscape) are woven together like a complex maze of fishing nets whilst the vivid blue water swirls with figurative marine life and seabirds.

Opening: 6pm Thursday 18 October 2012
Exhibition closes: 11 November 2012
Location: Martin Browne Contemporary, 15 Hampden Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: 02 9331 7997

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