English, Art work, Object edition: Painting titled 'Mining on traditional land' by Mervyn Rubuntja Mervyn Rubuntja (Painter)

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Painting titled 'Mining on traditional land' by Mervyn Rubuntja
 
Bookmark: https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/259274416
Physical Description
  • object
  • Artists board
  • Watercolour
  • Dimensions: W 546mm x H 380mm x D 3mm
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Painting titled 'Mining on traditional land' by Mervyn Rubuntja
Creator
  • Mervyn Rubuntja (Painter)
Physical Description
  • object
  • Artists board
  • Watercolour
  • Dimensions: W 546mm x H 380mm x D 3mm
Part Of
  • Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands collection
Subjects
Summary
  • Mervyn Rubuntja was born in 1959 at the Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs. His landscape paintings feature bold, striking colour, and focus on his family's country to the north and west of Alice Springs, and sites associated with the honey ant dreaming passed to him from his father. Mervyn worked for many years as a jackaroo and drover in the Northern Territory.
  • A watercolour painting on Saunders board, featuring a landscape, with a sign in the foreground that reads 'DANGER /​ Mining Area /​ KEEP OUT /​ PENALTY $1000'. Handwritten in pencil on the back is '... LANDSCAPE OF THE FLINDERS RANGES ...'.
  • The collection consists of 20 works produced by artists at Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre workshops with artist Tony Albert in June 2016, focussing on themes such as health, mining and copyright. The artists at Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre are descendants of Albert Namatjira and his kin, referencing the 'heritage of Namatjira', and working in acrylic, watercolour, pottery, song and film to provide opportunities to keep their culture strong. The Many Hands Art Centre includes established and emerging artists, encouraging exchanges of knowledge and providing teaching for young and new participants. The first group of works consider copyright for works by Aboriginal artists, especially those by Albert Namatjira. The works consider copyright in its context, as a future concern for the strength of family, community and art practice. In the second group of works, scenes of the West MacDonnell Ranges (Parta Tjurritja) landscape have been painted on to fast food packaging from McDonald's, Hungry Jacks and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), all with the title 'West 'McDonald's' Ranges'. These works associate the health of community and country with diet choices and the history of Aboriginal health following European settlement. Similarly, the third group of works responds to mining activities in the region, highlighting concerns for the environment, caring for country and land rights.
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Language
  • English
Identifier
  • api:nma.gov.au:249401
  • 2016.0030.0014

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