Literature in our Collection

Cowan, James: Wirrimanu. Aboriginal Art from the Balgo Hils. G+B Arts International 1994, ISBN 9768097752

Table of Contents        ¦         Cover Text        ¦         Book Review

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements -7-

Introduction -9-

Early Days -15-

The Dreaming -21-

Landscape as Language -27-

Sand and Body Painting -37-

Iconography -45-

The Artists -51-

The Plates -59-

Notes and References -134-

Bibliography -136-

Index -139-

Cover Text

The Balgo community of Aboriginal artists lies 300 km west of Halls Creek in Western Australia where the vast expanses of the Western Desert to the south meet the rugged, sub-tropical region to the north. The original Balgo community was established by the Catholic Church in the 1930s as a centre for the desert Aborigines who were drifting north into the pastoral stations of the Kimberley. The current art activity began in the 1970s using whatever materials were available. Since funding was provided in the 1980s, the art has developed steadily. Though the first Balgo art works were painted with earth pigments, in common with ceremonial and ground designs, the works have now been freed from ritual constraints by the use of non-traditional materials. The acrylic paintings reproduced here reflect both a secular range of themes and the diversity of artistic approaches and experimentation characteristic of current Balgo art.