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          Cooee Art has built long-term relationships with Aboriginal and First Nations artists and their not for profit art centres since 1981.

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          Cooee Art was established in 1981 and is Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. 

          The gallery has presented the finest Aboriginal and First Nations art through their exhibition program for over 40 years showing the work of over 150 individual artists.

          The Cooee Art stockroom includes contemporary Aboriginal paintings, rare bark paintings and artefacts, early desert boards and acrylic paintings as well as sculpture and limited edition fine art prints.

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          Cooee Art presents monthly solo and group exhibitions in the Paddington gallery supported by public programs including artist talks and workshops.

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        • ABOUT

          Cooee Art was originally established in 1981 and runs a hybrid art model to represent and support artists in an ethical and sustainable way. We have two galleries, our flagship gallery in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney in Redfern and a boutique showroom gallery in Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach along with a seperate fine art auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions established in 2017. Cooee is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. Since first working with Australian Aboriginal artists in 1981, we have presented the finest First Nations art through exhibitions and events in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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Exhibitions

Dorothy Napangardi – And They Danced Their Way Across Country

From 20 October to 10 November 2018 | Paddington Cooee Art Gallery 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Cooee art is proud to present Dorothy Napangardi: And They Danced Their Way Across Country, a survey of works by Dorothy Napangardi. The exhibition will be on view from 20 October – 10 November 2018 at Cooee Art Paddington.

Dorothy’s early artistic endeavors were heavily influenced by memories of her childhood. Her subject matter consisted principally of the Bush Plum and Bush Banana, wild fruits that grow in abundance near Mina Mina, changing in colour as they ripen, depicted in vibrant acrylic tones. Her early paintings swiftly marked Dorothy as an artist of great talent. Her superb sense of composition created a rhythmic effect as semi-naturalistic depictions were entwined in an altogether geometric formation.

In 1997, Dorothy began producing works that traced the grid-like patterns of the salt encrustations on the Mina Mina clay pans, marking a significant artistic shift in her work. Over a three-year period, her paintings became less contrived and increasingly spare, all detail pared back to the barest essentials. These works, in which Dorothy explores the Women’s Digging Sticks Dreaming and other stories related to the travels of the Karntakurlangu, compel the spectator’s eye to dance across the painted surface, just as these ancestral women danced in their hundreds across the country during the regions creation.

As these works developed, her extraordinary spatial ability enabled her to create mimetic grids of the salt encrustations. The lines of white dots trace the travels of her female ancestors as they danced their way, in joyous exultation, through the saltpans, spinifex and sandhills clutching their digging sticks in their outstretched hands.

Kathleen Petyarre has been quoted as saying:
“Those Walpiri ladies, they’re mad about dancing, they go round and round and round dancing, they’re always dancing.”

Little wonder then, that the surfaces of Dorothy’s canvases become dense rhythms of grids, as she maps the paths of these dancing women. Aboriginal dance in the desert is special and can be described as heavily grounded, foot to earth – a physical memory. Her art describes a sensitive relationship between artist and subject, the landscape revealed.

“I really like painting. I really love doing dot paintings. While I’m doing my paintings I always have my family in my mind, I have my country in mind”

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Sandhills - 2010
Dorothy Robinson Napangardi 5 Number of 'Avaialable Artworks' by this artist. Click button to view.

107 x 348 cm #16954 

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Sandhills - 2003
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244 x 168 cm #16955 

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Sandhills - 2009
Dorothy Robinson Napangardi 0

305 x 91 cm #16952 

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Sandhills - 2006
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122 x 198 cm #16967  $45,000

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Mina Mina - 2009
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122 x 76 cm #16965 

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Sandhills - 2008
Dorothy Robinson Napangardi 0

122.0 x 91.0 cm #16963 

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Karntakurlangu
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41 x 31 cm #16988  $2,750

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Spinifex
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50.0 x 45.0 cm #10583 

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Sandhills
Dorothy Robinson Napangardi 0

36 x 28 cm #16991 

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Karntakurlangu - 2004
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122 x 91 cm #16968  Sold

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The Hollow Log Ceremony c. 1965
Dick Bininyuwuy 0

?? cm #1483e4074055 

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Sandhills
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46 x 36 cm #16992 

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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021

Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

ABORIGINAL FINE ART GALLERY, PURCHASE AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ART, CONTEMPORARY AND ABORIGINAL ART FOR SALE – SYDNEY

Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021