Saturday, September 9, 2017

Contemporary Aboriginal Posters (1984) - (1993)
Prints on Paper

Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Introduction
Perhaps there is no better way to illustrate the plurality of experience, the plurality of innovation and the plurality of creativity of the modern day Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders than to view the posters highlighting the National Aboriginal Art Awards (1984) - (1993). Some of the creators of images used in the poster awards (see below) had an understanding of the modern Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture within a European context. Others have European sounding names but have a rich Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander heritage. Some obviously have both.

These images, because of what they are advertising - The National Aboriginal Art Award - need to be themed. However, the hands that created them are contemporary, and so highlights diversity as well as demonstrates the need not to straight-jacket the works of the indigenous peoples of Australia into a fake reality. The works are as diverse as works are in any given artistic movement.


Contemporary Aboriginal Posters (1984) - (1993)

1st National Aboriginal Art Award (1984).
Image designed by Ray Young.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 76 x 51 cm.

2nd National Aboriginal Art Award (1985).
Image designed by unknown artist.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 60 x 42 cm.

3rd National Aboriginal Art Award (1986).
Image designed by Chips Mackinolty.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 76 x 51 cm.

4th National Aboriginal Art Award (1987).
Image designed by Sally Morgan.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 64 x 45 cm.

5th National Aboriginal Art Award (1988).
Image designed by Robert Campbell Jr., Ngaku.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 76 x 51 cm.

6th National Aboriginal Art Award (1989).
Image designed by Fiona Foley.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 60 x 42 cm.

7th National Aboriginal Art Award (1990).
Image designed by Lynda Myers.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 77 x 52 cm.

8th National Aboriginal Art Award (1991).
Image designed by Bill Yidumduma Harney.
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 92 x 65 cm.

9th Bill Yidumduma Harney (1992).
Image designed by Ginger Riley Munduwalawala's Ngak, Ngak (1990).
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 65 x 71 cm.

10th Bill Yidumduma Harney (1993).
Image designed bRay Young's Mimi Spirits (1993).
Technique: Off-set print on paper.
Size: 57 x 82 cm.


Reference
[1] Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 1984 - 2008: Celebrating 25 Years, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin (2011).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Neither Chips Mackinolty nor Ray Young were Aboriginal artists