Di­verse artis­tic tal­ent re­vealed

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Sev­eral Pil­bara artists fea­ture in the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre’s Re­vealed ex­hi­bi­tion next month.

Re­vealed fea­tures paint­ings, prints, wood carv­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, tex­tiles, video, weav­ing and other me­dia in pieces cre­ated by more than 75 in­dige­nous artists from 23 art groups across WA.

Mar­tu­mili artists He­len Dale Sam­son and Cyril Why­oul­ter, Me­lanie Sam­son of Roe­bourne Art Group and Spinifex Hill artists Owen Bil­jabu, Vic­tor Bur­ton, Layne Dhu-Dickie and Adin­ina New­man, will fea­ture in the ex­hi­bi­tion. Bur­ton’s paint­ing Nyi­irnka­jarra — a Manyjil­jarra word meaning man with nasal sep­tum pierced — has be­come a poster for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Spinifex Hill Stu­dios man­ager Greg Tay­lor said he was thrilled to have Bur­ton’s im­age fea­tured so heav­ily.

“In terms of ex­po­sure for Vic­tor, it’s fan­tas­tic and hope­fully we have more in­quiries about him and all the artists,” he said.

Bur­ton de­scribed his piece as a man whose “coun­try is north-side.” “He is two men,” he said. At just 12 years old, Dhu-Dickie is the youngest par­tic­i­pant to fea­ture in the Re­vealed ex­hi­bi­tion.

His piece is a draw­ing of su­per­hero Cap­tain Hed­land, who he came up with for his comic book of the same name.

Cap­tain Hed­land is a social jus­tice hero who fights crime and bad guys in the artist’s home town of South Hed­land.

New­man’s glit­ter art­works will also be fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Tay­lor said New­man’s work had quite a pres­ence and made a big im­pres­sion. She in­cor­po­rates glit­ter into her paint­ings, which de­pict the harsh land­scape of the iron ore in­dus­try. Tay­lor said the ex­hi­bi­tion was a great op­por­tu­nity that would give the four Spinifex Hill artists great ex­po­sure.

“We have more es­tab­lished artists here but to have the op­por­tu­nity for four of our emerg­ing artists to get some ex­po­sure is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

Re­vealed is an an­nual pro­gram com­pris­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion, artist talks, and an art mar­ket.

In­dige­nous artists from all over the State will have the op­por­tu­nity to show­case and sell their works at the mar­ket on Satur­day, April 8 at Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre.

Re­vealed is an ini­tia­tive of the State Gov­ern­ment through the Depart­ment of Cul­ture and the Arts, and the Aus­tralia Gov­ern­ment through the In­dige­nous Vis­ual Arts In­dus­try Sup­port pro­gram. Re­vealed runs from Satur­day, April 8 to Sun­day, May 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit fac.org.au.

Vic­tor Bur­ton's piece Nyi­irnka­jarra (man with nasal sep­tum pierced). Pic­ture: Spinifex Hill Stu­dios

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