Art in­spires from afar


Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.”

Picture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d471543

Anna Ka­naris of Ar­titja Fine Art.

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