Ancient and Modern at the Lacey Gallery

The Lacey Contemporary Gallery (Clarendon Cross) in collaboration with JGM Art is hosting a specially curated exhibition of Aboriginal art. ‘Ancient Spiritual Stories’ draws on the wealth of fables, traditions, colours and textures that define Australia’s Northern Territory. Gallery owner Andrew Lacey says, “This exhibition will bring all the mysteries and history of the indigenous aboriginal people to Holland Park. It’s all about revelations and aims to take you on a magical journey through the aboriginal dreaming law that underpins so much of their culture.” So often this is passed down the generations through dynamic paintings such as these. The intriguing thing about this collection is that it has hidden meanings and shares secrets that can only truly be deciphered by their ‘Mob’. Artists such as Margaret Lewis Napangardi provide an explosion of colour that is engaging and captures the stark glory of the landscape. The work of a group of bark painters from Yirrkala, in the Northern territory of Australia captures the great knowledge Aboriginals have of the local eco systems and passion for the land they regard as sacred. Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi of JGM Art told me, “The beauty and cultural significance of the unique paintings and carvings from Australia’s contemporary indigenous artists, has been described by the great, contemporary art critic, the late Robert Hughes as the world’s last great art movement.” It could also be said that the art is very pioneering. If you are looking for something fresh, inspiring and authentic, this collection is definitely one to view. The exhibition runs for two weeks starting 26th November. laceycontemporarygallery




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