We worked in collaboration with aboriginal artists on our house prints this season via the renowned JGM Art Gallery in London. It was important for us to respect the origins of the work while interpreting them onto our range of swim shorts, tees and accessories.
Artist: Annie Petyarre Hunter
Annie Petyarre Hunter focuses on womens’ business in her remote community in the Northern Territory. Annie’s primary focus is Awelye (which describes everything to do with women’s ceremonies), which is performed to denote respect to the land and their country. Over the last few years she has participated in several group exhibitions throughout Australia.
This canvas is an abstract reference to a fertility cave near Arowilya on Utopia (this was named by German settlers and is a region of around 5,000 square meters near Alice Springs). The form depicts the presence of a ‘Snake Woman’ who stands at the cave door keeping ineligible people from entering.
Artist: Maureen Poulson Napangardi
Maureen Poulson lives at the Papunya Community, west of Alice Springs. Her main painting story is Kalipinypa, whose waterholes and sandhills she intreprets into dazzling diamond shaped designs.
The painting depicts Kapi Tjukurrpa (Water Dreaming) at Kalipinypa, a site northwest of Kintore. The Tjukurrpa (dreaming) tells of an important rain making ceremony to invoke the elements. It is a powerful storm bringing on the lightning, thunderclouds and rain, sending its deluge to rejuvenate the earth, filling rock holes, clay pans and creeks. It has the power to create new life and growth upon the land.
Lily Hargraves Nungarrayi
Lily is one of the old Warlpiri desert walkers, born in the Tanami Desert in her country near Jilla or Chilla Well. Lily’s art is held in a number of major collections, and she has been widely exhibited both in Australia and overseas, including France and the USA. In 2009 she was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
An avid lover of her culture, Lily records and preserves her art with colour and expression. In her later years her style has changed slightly to allow more freedom and use of colour, while years of experience with brushes show skilled execution and technique.
Artist: Claude Carter
Claude Carter spent the first four years of his life on Lissadell station in the Gija Country of his father’s family, before moving to Halls Creek. Eleven years ago he was granted an excision of Bohemia Downs, at a place known as Bawoorooga, where he has established a home for his extended family.
The road to Claude’s house and studio in the Kimberley, near Fitzroy Crossing, is flanked on each side by two very different geological features. On one side are jagged grey and black limestone ridges and the other brilliantly coloured layers of pink, red, brown and white sedimentary rock. The sacred sites Claude paints are here and part of the same formation as the Mimbi Caves, one of the oldest inhabited rock sites in Australia over 40,000 years old.