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Julie Dowling Icon to a stolen child: Perfect 1998



AGWA curator Carly Lane


  WA Now – Julie Dowling – Babanyu (Friends for life)

  3 February – 20 August 2018 | FREE

  WESTERN AUSTRALIAN

  CURATED BY CARLY LANE,

  ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART

 




The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.


To convey these messages, Dowling draws from Renaissance portrait paintings of the 16th century. Similar to the early classical paintings, the faces in Dowling’s paintings show minimal expression, except for the gaze. Large brown eyes stare out with a mix of sorrow and protest, as well as strength and determination.


Individual and group portraits of the artist, her family and friends, drawn from the State Art Collection, make up the thirty-nine paintings on display.


In addition to investigating contemporary stories of First Nations people, that rival the most ancient and epic of tales, the show is one large composite portrait of the artist. Through these works, we get a glimpse of who Dowling is and what she stands for, such as social justice and change. Further still, we get to see Julie Dowling as a Badimaya woman, learn about her love for Badimaya family and culture and of her deepening relationship with Badimaya language.

In her words, culture and language are ‘Babanyu’ – friends for life.

Julie Dowling Black Madonna: Omega 2004    Julie Dowling Is it ok to be two things at once 1996

 

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Artist Talk

2-3pm, Saturday 14 July 2018 | FREE
In celebration of NAIDOC Week, hear from First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, for an insight into her artistic practice and her WA Now display.

 

 

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Julie Dowling
Icon to a stolen child: Perfect 1998
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre and gold on canvas
40.0 x 35.3 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1998
© Julie Dowling / Copyright Agency, 2018

Julie Dowling
Black Madonna: Omega 2004
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas
120 x 100 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
© Julie Dowling / Copyright Agency, 2018

Julie Dowling
Is it ok to be two things at once 1996
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre and blood on canvas
104 x 65 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1996
© Julie Dowling / Copyright Agency, 2018

 




 




 

 


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