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Karijini by Jane Tangney & Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Acclaimed landscape painter Jane Tangney and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers at Koskela

The Koskela Gallery presents a new exhibition by acclaimed abstract landscape painter Jane Tangney and vibrant fibre works by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Jane Tangney is a West Australian artist immersed in the ever-evolving genre of landscape painting. Her sensitively observed works are richly nuanced responses – not only to place, but to broader notions of the human condition. Jane’s use of colour, paint handling and compositional forms are a lyrical blend of restraint and complexity. Heavy impasto paintings in oil and beeswax are often juxtaposed with works on paper that invite intimacy and lightness.

This new body of work was inspired by a recent trip to Karijini, a Banyjima name for the Hamersley Range, which is situated in the Pilbara region of WA. Nearby lies the ghost town of Wittenoom – a place of significance to the artist’s grandparents and father who moved there in 1947, unaware of the health risks this newly established asbestos mining town would later pose.

Within this body of work, Jane aimed for pared-back compositions about colour, open space, deep gorges, shadows, lungs/breath, silence and connection to family now deceased.

Featuring alongside Karijini is a curated selection of works by Tjanpi Desert Weavers. The social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council was created to enable women in remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art. Tjanpi is a movement that celebrates life, creativity and country.

Jane has been exhibiting in group and solo shows since 1998 and has been selected as a finalist in 8 Glover Prizes, as well as being recently highly commended in the Hadley’s Art Prize 2017. Her esteemed works are held in private and public collections across the country.



Weekdays, 9am to 5pm
Saturdays, 9am to 4pm
Sundays, 10am to 4pm

Saturday 28 July to Sunday 26 August 2018


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