Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHAA 32 Contents PETER USHER
3 - 18 March 2012
Gunyulgup Valley Drive, Yallingup Tel 9755 2177
Open seven days, 10am - 5pm
7 - 22 April 2012
Peter Usher Mellow Drama acrylic & oil on canvas 90 x 160cm
Rick Cook Ore blown glass 30h x 21w cm
Sharon Dawes Cock-a -doodle-doo oil on canvas 100 x 100cm
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of Aboriginal works that sweep up the staircase and along the
corridors. Initially attracted to the senior men working up
north in Western Australia, artists like Butcher Cherel and Peter
Skipper, her interests have grown as she has discovered more
and more of the extraordinary artists working in Western Desert
communities and around Fitzroy Crossing. Works by Rover
Thomas, Jack Britten, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Turkey Tolson
now jostle with the vibrant works from Bidyadanga and Balgo.
From the storeroom, packed tightly with paintings on stretchers
and many carefully rolled to save space, she extracts one work
after another to illustrate her points about the visual daring of
the works she admires. The Hector Jandany prove themselves
immediately but it’s the newer artists Jo is most animated about.
The canvases of the Irrunytju women she discovered, Alkawari
Dawson and Nyankulya Watson, quickly spread over the floor in
the hallway as she unfurls rolls of newly acquired pictures.
Of course collecting at this level generates its own problems,
of which works can be dispensed with and what must be
retained. Jo and Steve regularly offer works to the University of
Western Australia, the John Curtin Gallery, the Art Gallery of
Western Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, generously
ensuring others benefit from their largesse.
Jo began to acquire paintings seriously in 1990. Her collection
now includes pieces by Brent Harris (far left), Hans Arkeveld
(small winged figure, left) and 1960s John Coburn.
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