Shirley Purdie: Gilban - Art Collector

Shirley Purdie, Jirrgany Doo Jarlangarnany – Darrarroo, 2014. Natural ochre and pigment on canvas, 60 x 80cm. Courtesy: the artist, Warmun Art and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

In this new body of work Shirley Purdie draws on traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her, as well as her environment surrounding Mabel Downs station in Western Australia. Purdie uses natural earth pigments collected from her country in both her paintings and carvings in Jarlaloo wood, which imbues her work with a rich textural quality and vibrancy. Her paintings are powerful in their considered use of space, with large planes of colour accented by fine stippling as she maps out her landscape. Similarly, Shirley's unique sculptural work draws shape and inspiration from her natural surroundings.

Exhibition opens: 2pm Saturday 5 July 2014
Exhibition closes: 18 July 2014
Location: Alcaston Gallery, 11 Brunswick Street Fitzroy VIC 3065

Contact: 03 9418 6444

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