Rutherglen Estates Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery

Oct 26, 2017 | Art and Culture, Rutherglen

Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery at Rutherglen Estates has launched with Dhungala, a landmark exhibition featuring Latje Latje and Yorta Yorta artists Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown and Craig Charles.

Curated by Jamie Durrant, the exhibition celebrates both artists’ close personal connection to the Murray River as well as the friendship they shared. Their spiritual connection to Country and its animals is evident; enabling a very personal engagement with the paintings to the viewer. As both artists have passed on, the exhibition also marks a fitting tribute in memory of Turbo and Craig.

Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown’s intimate relationship with his animals and birds is shared as he lets us in to his enthralling and playful animal kingdom. Estranged from his family as a young boy due to his intellectual disability he lived on the banks of the Murray near Mildura for some time. During this period he formed a lifelong love for the animals living along the river and in his own words the animals were his only friends. The exuberant style of painting employed by Turbo captures this affection in a unique purity. The artistry lies in the total lack of pretentiousness. It is all about the joy and celebration of his subjects.

Craig Charles also engages with his Country through his depiction of animals but more often his paintings depict the Murray, historic themes such as Possum Skin Football, 2008 and sacred sites. The sacred sites are often marked as areas of gold, silver and copper leaf applied to the work. Whole paintings are then covered with a layer of clear acrylic or shellac. The use of dark shellac imbues Craig’s work with a sense of solemnity and respect, as seen in works such as Sacred Tree of Knowledge, 2008. A lighter golden shellac is used where subjects which are not as secretive or sacred in nature. The layering of mediums and the thematic complexity of the pieces could not be more different than techniques employed by Turbo, yet both artists share a connection and respect to Country which unifies this exhibition’s collection.

Dhungala – Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown and Craig Charles will feature 40+ paintings selected from 50 Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown and Craig Charles works taken from the Hans Sip collection. It is a notable exhibition for both artists as it represents one of the the largest Aboriginal group exhibitions ever to be exhibited in regional Victoria; and showcases some of the finest examples of story-telling works produced by both painters. It is an exhibition not to be missed.

Rutherglen Estates Aboriginal Exhibitions Gallery Essentials:
Dhungala – Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown and Craig Charles opens to the public from 1-5pm Saturday 28 October 2017, with a floor talk by art collector and Director Hans Sip from 2pm.

Rutherglen Estates is located at Tuileries Complex
13-35 Drummond Street, Rutherglen VIC 3685
Phone 02 6032 7999
More information available on their website via this link.
Open 7 days from 10.00am to 5.30pm
Open most public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday

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