Painting Workshop at Elcho Island Arts

In September the art centre held a two week acrylic painting workshop with arts development worker Sean Smith and three female artists; Ruth Lulwarriwuy, Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr, and Margaret Dhorrpuy. Artists were given large stretched canvases and had the freedom to paint anything.

Mavis painted two stunning paintings of sun mats. She mixed earth pigments and acrylic paint on the same canvas, creating tension between the differing qualities of the medium, creating a shimmering effect. Margaret Dhorrpuy painted ladies djama (work), depicting her and other artists collecting pandanas in a colourful Elcho Island landscape. Lastly, Ruth Lulwarriwuy continued her Dhuwa and Yirritja dog series creating bright abstracted landscapes of various homelands for her dogs to playfully inhabit, but embedded with sacred stories. 

Artist Ruth Lulwarriwuy working on one of her large Dhuwa and Yirritja dog paintings.

Sun Mat by Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr

Acrylic and natural earth pigments on canvas  

100 x 100cm

Pandanas Collecting with the Ladies in the Blue Troupie by Margaret Dhorrpuy

Acrylic on canvas

91 x 152cm