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

Elcho Island Artists finalists in Togart Contemporary Art Award 2013

Congratulations to Judy Manany, David Djarrka, Wendy Galanini, and Ruth Lulwarriwuy for being selected as finalists in this years Togart Contemporary Art Awards, which will be held in Darwin later this year. Selected were Judy's Echidna carvings, David and Wendy's Mokuy carvings, and Ruth Lulwarriwuy's cheeky Dhuwa and Yirritja Dogs painting. We cannot wait to see the other finalists selected at the official launch. 

Click to see Togart Contemporary Art  Award 2013 Catalogue

Echidna by Judy Manany

Acrylic paint on milkwood.