23 FEB – 24 MAR
Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown (1960 – 1997). Retrospective
IAs a member of the Stolen Generations Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown grew up with white foster parents. The trauma of forced separation and cultural disconnection never left him. At Neil McLeod’s Tecoma studio in the 1990’s he met artists like Lin Onus and Rover Thomas and took to painting. Canvasses with rich layers of ground ochre and desert sand became his trademark, depicting the lost country of his grandparents. More pointedly, they also tell the story of one of Australia’s darker chapters of history, the atomic tests at Maralinga and his people’s dispossession from their lands. Following on from Burrinja’s award-winning touring exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country, inspired by Jonathan’s paintings, this retrospective tells a uniquely Australian story.
"Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown cleverly articulates the merger of traditional and contemporary culture.” Hetti Perkins (Art + Soul)
Image: Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown. Miniri Story, 1994 synthetic polymer paint, natural ochres on canvas, 136 x 182 cm courtesy of Neil McLeod, (c) the artist estate