Sydney Contemporary 2022

September 2022

At Carriageworks, Sydney

8 - 11 September, 2022

exhibition

featuring

exhibition essay

When a small group of men began painting at Papunya in early 1971 no one imagined that this would be a catalyst for an incredible art and social revolution.

Papunya Tula’s success led to the development of remote Art centres around Australia; the opportunity for Indigenous men and women to make art springing from their own traditions; and it facilitated the emergence of Indigenous artists across Australia.

The artists of Papunya Tula have become internationally recognised. They created the most significant art movement in Australia’s history. We owe them everything.

Their impact guarantees that the way we look at our art, and our country has fundamentally shifted, along with our recognition of these artists.

Their paintings show us the Australian landscape; its people; its legends and stories;  its history; in a new way. Papunya Tula’s artists brought the land to life and added a new dimension to the tradition of Australian Art.

The artists we have focussed on this year at Sydney Contemporary are the artists who are the rising stars of Papunya Tula Artists.  Individually and together their work is increasingly considered in the wider context of contemporary art, being included in museum exhibitions as well as recent exhibitions at Gagosian Galleries in New York, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

These artists still live and work on the country they were born, and despite living in remote communities their work has a global reach.

These are large scale paintings that shimmer and undulate, the lines and dots pulsate and mesmerise.

Utopia Art Sydney has been representing Papunya Tula Artists for over 30 years.  During that time there have been major acquisitions by public, corporate and private collections both in Australia and Internationally.   

When a small group of men began painting at Papunya in early 1971 no one imagined that this would be a catalyst for an incredible art and social revolution.

Papunya Tula’s success led to the development of remote Art centres around Australia; the opportunity for Indigenous men and women to make art springing from their own traditions; and it facilitated the emergence of Indigenous artists across Australia.

The artists of Papunya Tula have become internationally recognised. They created the most significant art movement in Australia’s history. We owe them everything.

Their impact guarantees that the way we look at our art, and our country has fundamentally shifted, along with our recognition of these artists.

Their paintings show us the Australian landscape; its people; its legends and stories;  its history; in a new way. Papunya Tula’s artists brought the land to life and added a new dimension to the tradition of Australian Art.

The artists we have focussed on this year at Sydney Contemporary are the artists who are the rising stars of Papunya Tula Artists.  Individually and together their work is increasingly considered in the wider context of contemporary art, being included in museum exhibitions as well as recent exhibitions at Gagosian Galleries in New York, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

These artists still live and work on the country they were born, and despite living in remote communities their work has a global reach.

These are large scale paintings that shimmer and undulate, the lines and dots pulsate and mesmerise.

Utopia Art Sydney has been representing Papunya Tula Artists for over 30 years.  During that time there have been major acquisitions by public, corporate and private collections both in Australia and Internationally.