Friday, March 27, 2015

yam

Last week I tried unsuccessfully to bid on a couple of aboriginal paintings at auction that went well above the estimate.

While in hospital on Tuesday, I finally succeeded in getting one by the same artist at a different auction. Her name is Emily Kngwarreye. In the final 8 years of her life, Kngwarreye produce a flourish of art that propelled her into the status as one of Australia's greatest contemporary artists.

The work I bought was painted in the year before her death, when her artistic style shifted from dots to lines, which represent the roots of an important food source – the pencil yam.

Here is an image of my painting.




And here is the monumental Big Yam Dreaming, which measures almost 3 x 8 meters, owned by the National Gallery of Victoria.




2 comments:

Andrew said...

Your work is like an enlarged section of the National Gallery's work. Good buy, I reckon, and you like it too.

Adaptive Radiation said...

Very happy with it. And Nathan didn't laugh at it like he did some of my other paintings.