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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.

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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

Kitty Simon and the Ladies of Lajamanu | Paddington

From 6 to 21 March 2020 | Paddington Cooee Art Gallery 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Kitty Simon is a dedicated artist with a distinctive, singular aesthetic.

Painting in remote Aboriginal communities is part of a rich communal cultural life.The work of individual artists can never be considered in isolation.

After an intimate association with the women artists of Lajamanu that is now more than 30 years old, we pay tribute to two of Lajamanu’s defining artistic forces and tribal elders, exhibiting their work alongside two of the women carrying and nurturing Warlpiri culture and community into the future. In this exhibition, Kitty Simon and the Ladies of Lajamanu, we will exhibit works by Kitty Simon Napanangka and Myra Herbert Nungurrayi, alongside a selection of works from the gallery archives by Lilly Hargraves Nungurrayi and Lorna Fencer Napurrula.

Kitty Simon is a dedicated artist with a distinctive, singular aesthetic. Her paintings – at first denounced by senior men for straying too far from the traditional idiom – have excited discriminating curators and collectors since her first solo exhibition at Cooee Art in 2013, winning admirers both inside and outside her tight-knit Warlpiri community. This was to have been her third solo exhibition with Cooee, which has been her exclusive international agent since the beginning of her career – in partnership with the Warnayaka Art Centre, a haven for the artists in Lajamanu. Earlier this year, Cooee Art received the news that Kitty Napanangka Simon has been unable to complete the body of works required for her solo exhibition due to a health setback (requiring renal dialysis outside of her community) and continual ‘sorry business’.

Lajamanu is about as isolated a township as you will find on the vast Australian continent: ten hours’ drive south of Darwin; eight hours north-west of Alice Springs; and eight hours south-east of Derby. About 1000 Warlpiri people were moved to this tiny, very isolated point in the north of the Warlpiri estate just after WWII.

A number of extraordinary paintings were created here once the old men, deeply steeped in tradition, finally relented and recorded their ancient Warlpiri stories on canvas for the first time in the mid 1980s. Sublime, meditative, zen-like rain Dreamings by Abie Jangala; action paintings by Lorna Fencer, drawn from the epic battle between Yurmupa and Wapertali – the mythological Big and Little Bush Potato men; large ceremonial works full of life, colour and movement by Lilly Hargraves – these are just a taste of the free-wheeling Warlpiri aesthetic that has emerged here over the past 35 years.

In Lajamanu, artistic expression is associated intimately with ceremonial life, celebrating birth, fertility, regeneration, and loss. Of these, loss is ever-present and especially poignant. Here, the ‘sorry camp’ can at times grow almost as big as the township itself. Especially in times when cultural custodians and revered elders pass away. The number of makeshift dwellings at the eastern-most border of the Lajamanu township continually swells and shrinks on the tides of misfortune.

In the sorry camp, people live as they did for time immemorial: as desert nomads sleeping simply under the stars. The long nights are spent keening for those who have died. This is not a time or place to paint. Outside visitors are not welcome where the spirits run free. More than just personal loss, a culture and way of life is being mourned, a nomadic life of which outsiders are largely unaware.

The success of an artist will often be felt throughout the whole community. Conversely, in these times of sorry business community will come together and bolster its struggling parts. In this exhibition, the women painters of Lajamanu, past and present, lift each other up. So we will wait a year for a solo exhibition by Kitty Napanangka Simon. And, for now, we give expression to the continuing legacy of Warlpiri culture that is easing the path through continual sorry business.

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Bush Potato / - 2000
Lorna Fencer Naparrula 29 Number of 'Avaialable Artworks' by this artist. Click button to view.

121 x 182 #3005  $16,000

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Caterpillar
Lorna Fencer Naparrula 0

208 x 198 cm #17934  $16,000

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Boomerang - 1999
Lorna Fencer Naparrula 0

127 x 100 cm #9855  $12,000

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Bush Skirt Dreaming - Majardi Jukurrpa - 2017
Kitty Napanangka Simon 0

180 x 150 cm #16128  $8,500

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Bush Onion Dreaming - Janmarda Jukurrpa - 2020
Kitty Napanangka Simon 0

180 x 150 cm #18314  $8,500

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Yarla-Bush potato - 2002
Lorna Fencer Naparrula 0

79.5 x 185 cm #917  $7,500

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Mina Mina Dreaming - 2020
Kitty Napanangka Simon 0

203 x 116 cm #18315  $7,500

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Bush Potato (Yarla)
Lorna Fencer Naparrula 0

128 x 178cm #11491  $7,000

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Women’s Dreaming - 2012
Lily Nungarayi Hargraves 0

180.0 x 150.0 cm #10741  $7,000

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Witchetty Grub Dreaming - 2015
Lily Nungarayi Hargraves 0

119 x 149 cm #18309  $6,600

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Duck Pond Dreaming - 2014
Lily Nungarayi Hargraves 0

119 x 149 cm #18311  $6,600

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Mina Mina Dreaming - 2019
Kitty Napanangka Simon 0

119 x 149 cm #18310  $6,500

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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