PolArt 2015 Polish Indigenous Collaboration

Julianna Bednarowicz Napurrula with Aboriginal artists

Polish Indigenous Collaboration features paintings by Julianna Bednarowicz Napurrula of Alice Springs in collaboration with Aboriginal artists; Long Jack Philipus, Gracie Morton, Paddie Sims, Willie Tungurray, Polly Kngale, Kathleen Petyarre, Gloria Petyarre, Kuditji and Judy Watson.

Art Exhibition previously on at No Vacancy Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 22 December 2015 to Sunday 03 January 2016
Launch Sunday 27 December 2015, 4–5:30pm

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Published by No Vacancy on Thursday 10 December 2015.
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Julianna was born in countryside Poland. Always endeavouring to become an artist and an art teacher, after completing my matriculation at the Secondary School of Arts in Kolo she undertook various studies in teaching and arts at universities and graduated with a M.A. Degree of Teaching and Fine Arts in Torun.

After meeting her husband in 2004 they came to Alice Springs to live. Julianna was impressed by the vastness of space, clean air, blue sky and red rocks, which inspired her painting. She soon discovered Aboriginal art and met many well-known and established artists from Central Australia, who have become good friends of Julianna’s. She wanted to paint their portraits and to show their land and stories connected with the Ancestral Dreamings. However, Julianna and her husband found that the best way would be to depict them in their native environment, and to try to capture their stories.

Julianna explains “ We personally know every artist whom I paint, we have their paintings in our collection. I endeavour to capture their personality, character and likeness. To enhance the aesthetics, quality, and credibility, my husband and I needed to ask for a certain type of collaboration. When my portrait complete or close to it, we try to find the artist so that they can paint their stories in the lower half of the painting. They are always well paid for their effort and happy to contribute.

A particular pleasure of mine is when the artist comes along with their family, especially with young kids and they say; ‘oh, this is uncle Kubbitji or auntie Gloria!’ I try to capture the time, place, character and history in my portraits. They may look younger, more beautiful, however, this is the way I see and remember them. I have so much fun and pleasure to be here and to be in touch with one of the oldest cultures in the world…The rest will have to remain in the eyes of the beholder…”