Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Etched in the Sun: Prints by Indigenous Australian Artists opens • Saturday January 9, 2010

An exhibit of fine art prints opened at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on January 12, 2010. Etched in the Sun: Prints by Indigenous Australian Artists represents 10 years of collaborative effort between artists and fine art printers. Organized by printmaker Basil Hall, Etched in the Sun includes the work of leading Indigenous artists including Judy Watson, Banduk Marika, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Maringka Baker and others.

Since the Getting into Prints Symposium held at the then Northern Territory University in 1993, a number of highly successful, small printmaking businesses have been founded and have specialized in collaborating with Indigenous artists. Many thousands of editions of prints have been produced at workshops in Darwin including the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Print Workshop, Red Hand, and Basil Hall Editions.

Basil Hall Editions runs up to 12 workshops each year; most are hosted by government funded art centers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Some individual artists travel to Darwin to work one-on-one at the print workshop. Collaborating printers assist artists in finding a print medium which best suits their existing skills. This selection of prints includes etchings, lithographs, silkscreen and lino block prints.

The Opening Reception for this exhibit will be held on Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Image: Banduk Marika, Djang’kawu from Yalangbara Suite, 2002. Courtesy of Basil Hall Editions and Nomad Art Productions.