Rupert Jack: Pulukangka
Pulukangka (554C-21) by Rupert Jack of Ernabella Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Rupert Jack is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist at Ernabella Arts working between the painting and ceramics studios. He is also the community pastor. He lives between his homeland, a place named Racecourse, and Ernabella (Pukatja) community.
Rupert is renowned for his striking hand-built forms that speak of his country, law and faith. His work depicts the maku (witchetty grub), tjala (honey ants), ili (bush fig), kaltu kaltu (bush seed that is ground into a flour to make a kind of damper and also Rupert’s father’s name) and ngata (bush berry) dreamings, as well as biblical stories of Moses and Abraham.
Informed by his knowledge of both traditional stories and the bible his work often draws connections between the two. Interestingly he employs the same visual language and iconography to depict both themes.
In 2016 Rupert was featured in the Australian Biennale of Ceramics, curated by Glenn Barkley. In 2017 Rupert continued to develop his ceramic practice, exhibiting works both nationally and internationally. His work featured in the exhibition 'Clay Stories: Contemporary Indigenous ceramics from remote Australia' at JamFactory, presented by Sabbia Gallery.
In 2018 and 2019 Rupert was a finalist in the NATSIA Awards, and in 2020 Rupert had his first solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne.
THIS PIECE IS ON DISPLAY AS PART OF THE TARNANTHI 2023 EXHIBITION ERNABELLA ARTS: CERAMIC WARKA WIRU 20 YEARS-KUTU (20 YEARS OF CREATING CERAMICS).
THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL DECEMBER 3rd, 2023. ANY SOLD WORK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION OR DELIVERY IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THIS DATE.
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Dimensions: 170 x 700 x 400mm
ABOUT THE ART CENTRE:
Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest, continuously running Indigenous Art Centre. Ernabella Arts is in Pukatja Community, at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in the far north west of South Australia. Pukatja was the first permanent settlement on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands).
In recent years, long after commencing working as artists, senior women decided to leave behind the walka (design) of the early days and to depict their Tjukurpa (sacred stories of country and law). Today the centre is a varied group of artists, and a mix of young and old, men and women, working in several different mediums. The members of Ernabella Arts are always reinvigorating their centre, seeing it through its evolution from the first incarnation as a craft room, into a culturally strong contemporary art centre.
Ernabella Arts is an Aboriginal owned and run corporation which promotes and supports ethical practice in the creation and sale of Indigenous art.
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