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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EXHIBITION AND EVENT MANAGEMENT
Cooee Art curates and coordinates exhibitions on behalf of charitable organisations, commercial businesses and galleries in Australia and overseas utilising its extensive contacts with individual artists, artists’ agents, galleries and important private and public collections.
The gallery occupies the ground floor of a distinctive and prominently located building only minutes from Surry Hills, Redfern, and Waterloo’s art districts. Originally the headquarters and state-of-the-art factory of Foster Clark custard, 17 Thurlow St later became the studio and assembly for iconic Australian artist Ken Done. Now, Cooee Art’s flagship gallery, the space has been designed with a modern aesthetic whilst retaining elements of its past. A blank canvas, the space offers versatility to cater for a variety of purposes – including private events, art exhibitions, launch events, photo shoots, or performances.
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.
Delmore Gallery, NT Cat No. 94B019
The Thomas Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
Private Collection, Vic
Emily has signed the front of this work in the lower right hand corner
Schittering/Brilliance, AAMU – Museum for Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 12 October 2007 – 23 March 2008
Emily Kngwarreye’s paintings of wildflowers reflect a stage in the growth cycle of the wild yam. Emily’s middle name Kame is taken from the yam Dreaming site at Alhalkere.
The nutritional value of the yam is hidden underground, in the swollen roots and their pod-like attachments which are difficult to locate as the plant’s unpredictable growth patterns make harvest complicated and specialised. Traditionally, much effort is expended across large areas in the harvest of this valuable food.
Emily’s yam story can be found in all her work, even though in some paintings the yam motif is not obvious, it lies below the surface of them all.
This painting is accompanied by documentation from Delmore Gallery which reads: ‘Emily’s country, Alalgura, has many varieties of bush tucker and animals associated with it. Often she will select a tree, vine or fruit-bearing plant, whose seed, fruit, leaves and flowers will lie on, above or below the earth and intermingle with other forms of life in that preferred area. In this instance, it is the ‘arlatyeye’, or bush potato, whose form here is hinted here with a pale line revealing the underground root of the bush potato plant. At a dry time, the potato lies underground waiting to be either harvested or rejuvenated by rain. Amongst the potato plant leaves and flowers, are the flowers of the ‘Wingea’, a prickly plant that produces a nutritious and drinkable juice. Emily Kngwarreye’s work must be looked on with an understanding that ritual ensures the fertility of future generations of both animal and plant life. The species that Emily has custodial responsibility for are sung about in ceremony. They require particular preparation as food and medicine. Emily’s ancestors had the same responsibility to pass on their knowledge about these species.’