Mavis Ngallametta: Three Paintings - Art Collector

Mavis Ngallametta, Flying to Kendall #1, 2013. Ochres and acrylic binder on canvas, 275 x 200 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
  Mavis Ngallametta is the leading elder of the women painters and weavers working at the Wik and Kugu Art Centre in Aurukun. As a young girl she was taught by her elders the traditional methods of weaving and basketry using cabbage palm and pandanus. She grew up in the missionary dormitories but was able to maintain close links with her family and is known in the community as a strong cultural woman. Ngallametta was granted the Community Arts Achievement Award in 2004 for her contribution to the school and community where she teaches the children traditional crafts, and has exhibited extensively and has facilitated weaving workshops as well as performed traditional dancing and singing throughout Australia.

Ngallametta began painting in 2008 after a workshop at the Wik and Kugu Art and Craft Centre facilitated by Gina Allain with whom she continues to work alongside as a mentor for the Creative Livelihoods Project. She has been developing her own original artistic style, reminiscent of the abstract expressionists. Her paintings are based on community life and country and she uses traditional clays and ochres as well as bright acrylics.

Opening: 6pm Thursday 27 June 2013
Exhibition closes: 20 July 2013
Location: Martin Browne Contemporary, 15 Hampden Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: 02 9331 7997

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