Paintings Of Country by Mervyn Rubuntja and Family
Paintings of Country brings together scenes from Mervyn’s family’s homelands in Central Australia west of Alice in the unique style of Mervyn’s watercolours alongside the traditional dot painting of his family members.
The paintings, while seemingly simple in their scenes of landscapes and dreamtime story iconography, resonate with the convergence of cultures in traditional and post-colonial styles. One cannot view these works without hearing something of what is unspoken of the deep personal legacy Mervyn’s family has experienced in the history of Central Australia from the early beginnings of tragic dealings with Stuart the explorer to the development of integral services and organisations in Alice Springs.
From Mervyn Rubuntja:
“[I want to] do something for my homeland…Put dot painting and landscape together so that people can see this is the country of the Dreamtime and this is the landscape.”
“We want to do something a bit better, for our security, do our own business. Learn about exhibition. We need to start doing it for ourselves […] so in the future our young ones, younger generations, can start painting for themselves. I’m doing this with others so others can follow, and the next generation can follow suit.
I’m just giving it a try from my side first, [see] how it’s going to work, doing our own business.
[I want to] do something for my homeland…Put dot painting and landscape together so that people can see this is the country of the Dreamtime and this is the landscape. Make that together similar to my father’s landscape.”
2 – 17 July 2015
- 12pm – 5pm
- Watch This Space 4/9 George Cres, Alice Springs NT