2014 Acquisitions

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Diena Georgetti

born 1966 Alice Springs, Northern Territory
lives Kooralbyn, Queensland


As a contemporary Australian artist engaged with the representation of abstraction, Diena Georgetti draws on art history, architecture, design and fashion, categorised from books and the internet. These diverse sources provide her repository of images, although any specific identification of their origin is difficult to pin down. Georgetti’s creative process of this mid-2000s period centres on the juxtaposition and sampling of abstract styles which refer to such early modernist aesthetics as the collaged layering of synthetic cubism or the pictorial structuring of Russian constructivist paintings. Her titles complement this reordering and reinvention of styles to suit her creative purpose and exemplify her particular working method.

Diena Georgetti BLOK PLASTIK/Division 2007

Diena Georgetti BLOK PLASTIK/Division 2007. Synthetic polymer paint on pegboard, 49.5 x 44.4 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of

Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014.

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Churchill Cann

born c1947 Texas Downs Station, Western Australia
works Warmun, Western Australia

Language: Kija

Churchill Cann has a distinct visual language within the Warmun vernacular, combining traditional cultural narratives with his own personal experiences of working the country as a stockman and station hand. In his purposeful documentation of country, Cann uses translucent earth pigments and ochres that seem to strip back the land to reveal its layers and almost corporeal structure. The small dotting, the thicker edges where the ochre and earth pigments meet, lend the works a line-drawing or sketch-like quality. Cann demonstrates his material finesse by his command of this difficult medium, revealing a pragmatic awareness of the landscape and its contours, made by ancestral figures.

Rover Thomas and other Warmun artists shared a painted vision of the world that was solid, masculine and robust. Cann takes these ideas further, showing a sensitivity and awareness of a hidden world which has not previously been seen, taking Warmun art to the next step of its evolution. His work connects and transforms other works by artists from Warmun in the State Art Collection by pushing the style boundaries of the Warmun art practice.

Churchill (Yoonany) Cann was born on Texas Downs Station in 1947. He moved around his country and also worked on Alice Downs, Mabel Downs, Spring Creek and Lissadel Stations – names synonymous with depictions of country by Warmun artists. Alongside the well-known artist Patrick Mung Mung, he eventually moved to Turkey Creek (Warmun Community), and there he began to paint with his close friend Rover Thomas and with Jack Britten, Hector Jandany, Henry Wambini and other, now significant male artists.

Hans Heysen Lengthening shadows 1933

Churchill Cann Victory Hole 2012. Natural ochres and pigment on canvas, 150.0 x 150.0 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. © Churchill Cann, courtesy of Warmun Art Centre.

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Daniel.Emma

established 2008, South Australia

works Adelaide, South Australia

Comprising Adelaide designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston, DANIEL.EMMA is one of Australia’s most exciting design practices. The pair is known for the rich simplicity of their functional and non-functional production and one-off objects. Cherry on the bottom is an excellent example of their recent exploration of furniture and lighting forms. With a fresh spirit of playfulness combined with a concern for the integrity of their material components, this work is a contemporary extension of twentieth century modernism’s focus on pared-back construction and ‘fitness for purpose’. Indeed, in many ways Cherry on the bottom is a faithful present-day reverberation of the spirit of Charles and Ray Eames whose modern outlook had a similarly optimistic quality. DANIEL.EMMA extend this however in the composition of more blocky forms that foreground more strongly the material and its connections to present-day minimal practices and trends in interior design. In doing so, this object adds to the Gallery’s holdings of DANIEL.EMMA’s work that includes two series of desktop objects as well as furniture by the Eames, Rietveld, Mogensen and Australian makers such as Jon Goulder and Khai Liew.

DANIEL.EMMA Cherry on the bottom 2013

DANIEL.EMMA Cherry on the bottom 2013. 3mm opal acrylic (diffuser), powdercoated spun aluminium (shade), polished, cherry red lacquered, machined aluminium (ball), 40.0 x 30.0 x 30.0 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund,

Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014

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Hans Heysen

born 1877 Hamburg, Germany
died 1968 Hahndorf, South Australia
lived Hahndorf


The German-born and European-trained Hans Heysen is one of Australia’s best known landscape painters, who was a fine water-colourist and painter in oils, as well as a skilled etcher and sketcher in charcoal, pencil and crayon. His strong draughtsmanship and magnificent compositions were informed by close observation of the Australian landscape with a particular fascination with the effects of light on both the land and sky. His most celebrated works are those of the Australian gum tree and his ground-breaking works of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. One of the Gallery’s most treasured paintings is the artist’s Droving into the light 1914-21. Lengthening shadows adds depth to the Gallery’s collection of Heysen’s work, and in particular, allow the Gallery to illuminate his important work in watercolour painting. It is a well resolved composition that depicts one of his most recognised and loved landscapes, the Flinders Ranges, and competently explores his enduring fascination with the effects of light and shadow on the land.

Hans Heysen Lengthening shadows 1933

Hans Heysen Lengthening shadows 1933. Watercolour on paper, 27.0 x 39.5 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Gift of the Estate of Ms Margaret Campbell Dawbarn, 2014.

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