A unique collection of Indigenous art on display for the first time

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Australia’s traditional Western Desert country comes to life in Grant Samuel’s Western Desert Collection which will be open to the public for the first time at NandaHobbs Gallery in Sydney from April 6-8, 2022.

The Western Desert stretches across Western Australia, northern South Australia and the southwestern corner of the Northern Territory. The traditional owners of this region are among Australia’s most talented and prolific producers of art.

Grant Samuel is a corporate finance company that has been collecting Indigenous art for 20 years and its curation currently includes 31 works by emerging and established Indigenous artists.

Artists exhibiting in the limited-time exhibition include: George Tjungurrayi, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, John John Bennett Tjapangati, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Ningura Napurrula, Regina Pilawuk Wilson and Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri.

Courtesy of Watiyawanu Artists
“Rock holes near the Olgas” Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

During the exhibition, Grant Samuel will also showcase the work of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) – a global conservation leader that gives hope to Australian wildlife. Grant Samuel has been a corporate partner of AWC since 2005 and its co-CEO, Guy Fergusson, is an AWC board member and passionate supporter of Australian landscapes, wildlife and heritage.

“Sharing this wonderful collection of indigenous art is part of our desire to connect our business community with Australia’s heritage and country,” said Fergusson. “These artists have evoked the spirit of our vast desert landscapes and we are thrilled to share the inspiration with our business partners and the public.”

“We are also delighted to showcase the very important work being done by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to protect these precious landscapes and the endangered species that call our beautiful country home.”

Nicole Hauser, art consultant at Nanda/Hobbs Gallery, said this collection is a selection of extraordinary works by some of the most renowned Indigenous artists.

“The collection evokes our ancient landscapes and captivates with its storytelling,” Hauser said. “Grant Samuel is a friend of the gallery. We share a common interest in Aboriginal art and are delighted to present this fantastic collection.

During this exhibition, NandaHobbs will also present a solo exhibition by Adam Nudelman, Where Some Find Peace. The exhibition explores the notions of identity and belonging to place.

The Nanda/Hobbs Gallery is located at 12 Meagher Street Chippendale NSW 2008. Gallery opening hours are: 9am – 5pm (Monday to Friday); and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday)

Image provided: “Rockholes near the Olgas” Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, courtesy of Watiyawanu Artists

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