One of Darwin’s best-known art galleries is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is pulling out all the stops to celebrate, with three shows on this weekend.
Leading the way is Melbourne painter Judy Holding, who first came to the Territory as a newlywed in the late ’70s. She set up camp and woke up to find out she was at Ubirr, one of the country’s finest Aboriginal rock-art sites. It blew her mind.
So, after many trips back, it’s little wonder her work shows distinct influences from Aboriginal art – both contemporary and traditional.
“I don’t think you can be an Australian landscape painter and not be influenced (by it),” she said. “I wouldn’t be interested in just copying. But, having said that, it’s a sensitive journey.
“I find it inspirational, the layer upon layer, and the more you look at it the more you see.”
Also on are exhibitions by close-up nature painter Christian Clare Robertson and leather and bronze sculptors Tanija and Graham Carr. The exhibitions open at 7pm today at Framed, Stuart Park.