McCulloch & McCulloch & Salt Contemporary Art invite you to attend Utopia Colour: an exhibition of vibrant Eastern Desert paintings by Minnie Pwerle, Molly Pwerle, Emily Pwerle, Galya Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Gloria Petyarre, Freddy Pwerle, Lizzie Pwerle & Katie Morgan.
For over two decades the Utopia painting school has intrigued and delighted audiences with its bold, unique use of colour. The school’s origins lie in genius colourist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, whose intuitive use of colour in her often monumental paintings drew comparisons to the breakthroughs in colour theory and art made by Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Comparisons were also drawn to the subtlety and reflection of nature’s beauty found in the work of Claude Monet. With the passing of Kngwarreye came a new, even bolder colourist “ Kngwarreye’s relative, the octogenarian Minnie Pwerle.
In this exhibition curators Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch Childs and Fiona Kelly from Salt Contemporary Art examine Minnie Pwerle and her legacy; her brilliant use of colour within the continuation of her dramatic depictions of Awelye, the women’s ceremony, from her country of Atnwengerrp, laid down in paint by her sisters Emily Pwerle, Molly Pwerle and Galya Pwerle.
These artists are joined by the award-winning Gloria Petyarre, Pwerle’s daughter, the well-known artist Barbara Weir, Pwerle’s grand-son, Freddy Pwerle, and a two of new generation of vibrant Utopia painters: Lizzie Pwerle & Katie Morgan.
Opening drinks: Saturday June 12 @ 5.30 pm
Public talk: Exhibition Walk & Talk presented by Emily McCulloch Childs: Sunday June 20 @ 2.30 pm
Exhibition concludes: June 30
RSVP: June 10
Salt Contemporary Art
33-35 Hesse Street Queenscliff Victoria
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