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Alan Griffiths / Sugarloo

SKU: 16267

60cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas

$2,200.00

60cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas

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Artist Profile

Alan was born at Victoria River Downs Station, NT in 1933 and worked as a stockman on many stations in the region including Newry, Ivanhoe, The “Elsey”, Maninbelli, Elizabeth Downs, Delamere, Willaroo and as head stockman on Beswick. When the town of Kununurra emerged, in 1965 Alan became a machine operator for the Government. His language is Ngarinyman / Ngaliwurru and he is one of the leading Elders in the East Kimberley.

Alan and his wife Peggy are both acclaimed senior artists. Alan has been painting since the early 1980’s and his talent is recognised Australia-wide and Internationally.

Alan has been fortunate in that he is one of a few selected artists whose attributes were outstanding enough to gain recognition early in the Aboriginal Art movement – along with his wife Peggy he exhibited with and participated in printmaking programmes alongside some of the most successful ochre artists in the East Kimberley region – Jack Britten, Queenie McKenzie, Rover Thomas (all deceased). His fastidious approach to his work has gained him an enviable reputation, commanding high prices for his paintings.

Alan’s limited edition prints of his own corroboree “Bali Bali Balga Joonba” were instantly successful, being collected by Parliament House. He and Peggy were invited to present this corroboree at the ATSIC Art Awards Perth, with dancing headboards woven by Peggy. This now famous corroboree is danced in Kununurra annually and Alan and Peggy still travel for cultural events, including ceremony and law for the youngsters.

His style is distinctive, elegant and precise and with every painting he shares the story depicting his culture, his knowledge of the country and his diverse experience of life.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014
• “Alan Griffiths”, CDU Gallery, Charles Darwin University, Darwin

2012
• “Traditional Stories”, Span Galleries, Melbourne

2013
• “Camel Trek Country”,Span Galleries, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
• “Our Living Land”, An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, Salvo Hotel, Shanghai, China
• “Ceremony”, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Hurstville NSW
• “Raison d’être”, Galerie Karin Carton, Versailles, France
• Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show, Outback Regional Gallery, Winton, Queensland
• Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre

2012
• “Sharing Difference on Common Ground”, The Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance

2008
• Kimberley Ink and Ochre, Wollongong University

2006
• Collectors Editions: Iconic Prints from the Kimberley, Northern Editions, Darwin

2005
• Celebrate, Seva Frangos Art, Perth, WA
• Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
• Indigenous Art, Australian Embassy, Paris, France

2004
• Kimberley Focus, Concert Hall PIAF, Perth
• Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle
• Waringarri Song and Dance Cycle, UWA, Perth

2003
• Kimberley Art, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Moon Show, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2002
• Warrgebarenkoo, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
• Heyson Prize, Adelaide

2001
• Groundwork, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
• All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
• New Wave Kimberley Art, Corowa House, Margaret River

1999
• Kimberley Art Award, Kununurra

1995
• Fremantle Print Award, Perth

Selected Collections
• Art Equity Collection
• Art Gallery of Queensland
• Artbank Australia, Sydney
• Bachelor Institute of Advanced Education, Darwin
• Broadmeadows Health Service Collection, Melbourne
• Cable Beach Resort, Broome
• City of Perth Collection
• Edith Cowan University Collection, Perth
• Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Virginia, USA
• Musee De Confluence, Lyons, France
• National Gallery of Australia Collection
• Parliament House Collection, Canberra

 

Story of the Artwork

This painting shows an area of the artist’s traditional country at Victoria River Downs Station area in the Northern Territory. Sugarloo Billabong and Sugarloo Knob are indicated at the bottom centre of the painting. Sugarloo Creek – Ngalgarung, flows diagonally across the centre. Wiligbayi joins it from the upper right; Yalibayi from the upper centre. Wirroodoorb joins from the lower right. Mosquito Dreaming are the two small hills in the lower left. Genboo – Station Hill is the small rectangular hill in the lower right and also the name of the small creek that flows into Sugarloo Billabong and then into Sugarloo Creek. The hills across the bottom of the painting are limestone hills.

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