Recent works from remote communities across Australia 18 February – 14 March, 2010

Over the past 20 years printmaking has become a major art form in many Indigenous communities with celebrated artists such as Rover Thomas creating works that have achieved investment status. Suites of prints by well known communities have likewise seen significant increases in value. The National Gallery of Australia, The British Museum, London and Biblioteque Nationale, Paris are among the international collections that acquire Australian Indigenous prints.

Each year Birrung presents a survey exhibition of new developments in printmaking. In 2010 we are delighted to offer the Sydney debut of recent etchings from Far North Queensland communities along with new works from the Tiwi Islands and The Kimberley. Over 20 artists representing a diverse range of styles and geographic locations will be featured.

Themes of the small and exquisite etchings from Cape York include designs from traditional rain forest shields. Minimalist prints from Kununurra depict the amazing geography of the region. Two of the leading talents of the Tiwi Islands Conrad Tipungwuti and Timothy Cook have produced fresh new images typical of the strong graphic design elements of Jilamara (body painting).

Australian prints enjoy a reputation for high technical standards and artistic merit. Editions are often relatively small (sometimes 20-40) thus enhancing their collectability. Limited edition prints are an excellent way to build an art collection of high profile artists at affordable prices.

When: 6pm, Thursday 18, February, 2010
Where: Birrung Gallery, Ground floor, 134 William Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Time: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
Contact: (02) 9550 9964 or birrung@worldvision.com.au
or visit our website www.worldvision.com.au/birrung

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