Haasts Bluff: Ikuntji - Stories from the Red Lands

7 June - 4 July 2004
Conway Street, London

The Ikuntji women painters are internationally recognised for their visual presentation of traditional histories, using a highly contemporary form that allows 60,000 year old stories to be accessed by the modern world.

 

Known for their incredible use of colour, their paintings tell the stories of hunting for goanna, gathering bush raisins and bush tomatoes or speak of their different countries such as Kankurutintgurith and its massive salt lakes seen in the works of Narputta Nangala. Homed in leading Indigenous art collections worldwide, Ikuntji is recognised for its contemporary art works that transcend the traditional while maintaining integrity. 

 

These paintings originate in the community of Haasts Bluff, 300 kilometres west of Alice Springs on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and are part of the renowned Western Desert Art Movement. It is an incredibly remote region and the standard and importance of the works coming from the studio confirms the power and determination of the artists to tell their stories to the wider world.