An incredible story: Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers

While Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers have worked on panel paintings collaboratively since 2001, creating 24 works, Metafisica Australe 2017 holds special meaning: it reflects on the origins of their collaboration, which developed following Tillers’s use of elements of Jagamara’s Five Stories 1984 in his 1985 work titled The Nine Shots. His conscious copying of Jagamara’s cultural motifs is…

A meeting of minds

Metafisica Australe 2017 is a rich, contemporary symbiosis of the personal, professional and cultural reflections of two great Australian artists. The subject of this year’s QAGOMA Foundation Appeal, Metafisica Australe is a significant 72-panel painting that is the latest artwork resulting from the collaborative efforts of Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers. Simon Wright was present when…

Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers collaborate on ‘Metafisica Australe’

Warlpiri/Luritja artist Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers have collaborated on 24 artworks together since 2001, and the latest of these, the striking 72-panel painting Metafisica Australe 2017 is the subject of our 2018 Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Foundation Appeal. The expansive and compelling work holds special meaning, as it reflects…

The Coming of the Light

The Coming of the Light is a significant work by Gordon Bennett (1955–2014), one of Australia’s most influential contemporary artists. Bennett addresses Australian history as it has come to be represented and asks how it might accommodate new voices. The writing is on the wall, portent is thick in the air. In a corner, the surface…

Aleks Danko, Australia b.1950 / DAY IN DAY OUT (second version) 1991

Aleks Danko reveals his inspiration for ‘DAY IN DAY OUT’

­DAY IN DAY OUT (second version) 1991 by Aleks Danko is currently installed in the reimagining of the Australian collection at the Queensland Art Gallery. This important and enduringly captivating work is for the first time, given a place in the ‘permanent hang’ in a context which is both diverse and relevant. Aleks Danko is…

Amata painters: Western Desert painting movement

Amata community is located in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in north-western South Australia. In the 1970s, Amata women were encouraged to learn batik, natural dyeing, spinning, weaving and leatherwork techniques. Minymaku Arts (meaning ‘belonging to women’) was set up in 1997, but in 2005 the centre was renamed Tjala Arts, with both men…