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LIGHTNING MAN

BY fireworksgallery | 06-Jun-2012
An exciting collection of 21 electrifying new paintings by renowned Indigenous Australian artist, Michael Nelson Jagamara. Opening Event: 15th June 6-8.30pm.
Venue: FireWorks Gallery
Address: 52a Doggett Street, Newstead
Date: 14 June - 14 July 2012
Time: Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4
Ticket: Free admission
Web: http://www.fireworksgallery.com.au
LIGHTNING MAN is an exciting collection of 21 electrifying new paintings by Indigenous Australian artist Michael Nelson Jagamara. Many of the works in this milestone exhibition feature Jagamara’s Lightning, Rain, Old Man and Storm iconic designs and are emblazoned in heightened colours with high-gloss, in both swirling and marbled textures. Completed between Papunya (NT) and Brisbane over the last two years, the works in this exhibition encompass an extensive range of Jagamara’s layered and complex graphic arrangements. In presenting works of diverse styles, the show is instilled with a depth and ambiguity that ultimately defines Jagamara as a truly irreplaceable artist and remarkable cultural statesman. The featured collaborative work in this exhibition (the 9th in a 12-year ongoing series with senior Australian conceptual artist, Imants Tillers) is Hymn to the Night. Consisting of 165 multi-layered canvas boards, the painting depicts a conceptual map of the Western Desert with Papunya at its epicentre. This significant work will form the centerpiece for Jagamara and Tillers’ forthcoming collaborative survey exhibition at Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra in August, entitled “Seeking Permission”, for which an associated 84-page catalogue will be produced. A hallmark of Jagamara’s practice over the last 25 years has been his confidence in painterly experimentation. Though his colours, materials and style are continually being reinvented, the artist claims his “stories have never changed!”. The artist exudes a relaxed attitude to such matters that are beyond him, stating “it’s only the art world [that] keeps changing its mind!”. Jagamara, a senior Warlpiri artist, was born in 1946 in Pikilyi (Vaughn Springs), NT. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, University of New South Wales. In 1984, he won the inaugural National Aboriginal Art Awards (now Telstra National Indigenous Art Awards). This was followed by his numerous selections for various projects and commissions around Australia, including New Parliament House Forecourt Mosaic commission in Canberra in 1988 and BMW Art Car commission in 1989. Jagamara’s works are held in numerous public, corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas. Opening Event 15th June 6-8.30pm