This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Balgo art movement’s beginnings and John Carty has meticulously put together this big, beautiful book alongside the Warlayirti Artists. It is a landmark publication in Aboriginal art, Australian history, and art historical scholarship that is bursting with colour. The stunning, linen-bound hardback houses over 300 full colour artworks.
Balgo: Creating Country is a once in a generation monograph that shows the birth of a painting movement in the context of thousands of years of cultural practice, breaking down the category of Aboriginal art and rebuilding it, dot by dot, into something resembling the language of a new Australian Art.
‘Balgo is Country for all of us now. We were all born here, these generations here today. We are Wirrimanu kids. We belong to Balgo. That’s what we paint. That’s why we paint. This is our story.’
– Eva Nagomarra, Warlayirti Artists
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Images: Tim Aker, 2007, Patrick Tjungurrayi points to his painting, used on the Purple House Dialysis bus.
2 – Wimmitji Tjapangarti, ‘Kurra’ 1989, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 120x85cm, Private Collection AND Tjumpo Tjapanangka, ‘Kangaroo Creaming at Lake Mackay’ 1992, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150×175, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.. 3 – photo credit Tim Aker, Balgo landscapes. 4 – photo credit Warwick Nieass, the Warlayirti Artists in Balgo