Every Painting has Tjukurpa (story): Contemporary paintings by women of the desert

1 May 2020 – 30 May 2020

Michael Reid Berlin

Berlin, Germany


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The movement that is Aboriginal Art is dynamic and it continues to evolve, as evidenced by the paintings by women of the desert art centres in this exhibition. Despite the diversity of styles, all of the works in this exhibition are informed by a deep knowledge and love of country.


In the 1970s senior men at Papunya in the remote Northern Territory decided to release artworks previously considered sacred into the public realm. This action initiated a ‘movement’ in art.

In the generations of artists that followed, women have played an important role in keeping culture strong, establishing places to make art and passing on knowledge.

Women, in particular, have been innovative developing new styles of painting.

“To keep culture strong” is a common theme and in order not to give too much away from the formal inherited designs, there has been a proliferation of individual styles that celebrate country and allude to a sophisticated knowledge system.

Exhibiting artists: Tuppy Goodwin, Candy Nelson Nakamarra, Beyula Putungka Napanangka, Doris Bush Nungarrayi, Betty Chimney, Betty Chimney & Raylene Walatinna. 

Curated by Dallas Gold, Founder of RAFT artspace. All works can be viewed through our website. Open by appointment.

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