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…

William Robinson and Chris Saines in the artist’s home studio, September 2017 / Photograph: Chloë Callistemon

William Robinson deconstructs ‘Rainforest and mist in afternoon light’

The entrance to the Queensland Art Gallery’s (QAG) new presentation of its Australian art collection is overseen by the sublime landscape Rainforest and mist in afternoon light 2002, by esteemed Queensland painter William Robinson. The artist spoke to QAGOMA Director Chris Saines in his home studio in suburban Brisbane. The monumental work Rainforest and mist…

Daniel Boyd , Kudjla/Gangalu people , Australia b.1982 / Untitled (HNDFWMIAFN) (detail) 2017

In Daniel Boyd’s works, Australian history is re-told

Daniel Boyd is a Brisbane-based artist of both Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage, whose works often deal with the complexity of the history of South Sea Islander labour in Queensland and its legacy. This is one of our state’s most important historical narratives, with some 62 000 labourers brought to Queensland in the early…

Judy Watson, Waanyi people, Australia b.1959 / sacred ground beating heart 1989

Pulse of the earth: sacred ground beating heart

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we profile Judy Watson’s sacred ground beating heart 1989. Her work which includes drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture all reference an Indigenous connection to land and history. Recently Watson won The Queensland Indigenous Artist Public Art Commission 2016 for her bronze sculpture tow row (illustrated), which is permanently installed at the entrance to…

The excitement of romance

With Cupid in mind, we look at two works from QAGOMA’s collection with romance as their underlying subject – at the Gallery we believe that love conquers all barriers – and that is the way it should be. Arthur Boyd: The lady and the unicorn portfolio Arthur Boyd’s etchings for The lady and the unicorn…