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…

An enduring art tradition: The Hermannsburg School

The Hermannsburg School is an art movement that began at the Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg in Central Australia in the 1930s, inspired by Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira who was born there. Following Namatjira’s early sell-out exhibitions, members of his extended family and his community – most of whom were already making art in some form – became interested in…

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…

Noel McKenna’s larger-than-life crossword solved

Here are the answers to Noel McKenna’s crossword Australian Art History 1933–1978 currently in ‘Landscape – Mapped‘ at the Queensland Art Gallery until Monday 2 April 2018. The crossword questions were published in a previous blog, how many did you get right? Across 2. BROWN / The Annandale Imitation Realists (also known as Imitation Realism) was a short-lived collaborative group of mixed…