Art inspires from afar
ART FROM REMOTE PARTS
SHE lives and runs her gallery in one of the artiest communities in WA, but Anna Kanaris looks to the furthest, most isolated corners of the country to find work to exhibit.
It was during a visit to the central desert 20 years ago that Kanaris fell in love with the art of the local Aboriginal people and the way they told stories through vibrant and detailed paintings.
From there Artitja Fine Art was born, an exhibition space dedicated to breaking down cultural barriers by introducing local art lovers to the work of some of Australia’s most remote Aboriginal artists and art centres.
“My true introduction to indigenous art was in the central desert, and my contacts and interest area grew from that visit – I think it was the vastness of country, the warmth of the artists who I met at the time and the huge cultural difference which I was in awe of,” she said.
“I was very aware of the huge distances between the remote communities and South Fremantle and it didn’t sit well with us to send canvas and payment when we needed new works, so we ensured we developed contact with reputable galleries and the growing number of remote art centre communities over the years.
“Now we have good relationships with well over 20 art centres through which we source work.”
Anna Kanaris of Artitja Fine Art.