Name: Barney Ellaga
Born: c1941- 14th August 2015
Region: Miniyeri, Hodson Downs, NT
Barney was an elder of the Alawa Community. He possessed a holistic view of this country and expressed that profound understanding in mature and immensely appealing work.
The stippled brushwork gives an interesting texture to all the works. The lines are feathery or stippled rather than solid, blending between the foreground and background colours. The palette is generally bold and highly keyed, with purples, oranges, reds and browns predominating. Barney’s painted surfaces combine to produce a shimmering effect that is also seen in the recent works of Makinti Napanangka and Emily Kngwarreye’s over painting style of the mid-1990’s. The visual language conveys a poetic voice of understanding and affection for his country. Vibrant brushwork alludes to a complex system of harmonizing forces and counter-forces in the semi-tropical land. Our eye moves, sweeping across the canvas and responding to the infinite details of the feathered brushwork over the background field. Barney painted in a style where each line represents a different aspect of his country.
1989 Utopia & Ngukurr, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; 1991 Alcaston House gallery, Melbourne; 1992 Tandanya Aboriginal river Calendar, South Australia; gulf Country, Christine Abrahams gallery in conjunction with Alcaston House gallery, Melbourne; Ngundungunya Artists, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; 1993 Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; 1994 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery Melbourne; Australian Heritage Commission Art Award and Exhibition, Canberra; 1995 The 12th National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum and Art gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Hogarth Gallery, Sydney in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; 1996 All about Art, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; Café Alcaston in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; 1997 Ngundungunya, Art for Everyone, National gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Bent Strit – Art of south east Arnhem Land, Alcaston House Gallery , Melbourne; 1998 recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; 1999 Alawa country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne; 2000 All Alawa, Alcaston Gallery Melbourne; All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne; 2001 Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Department of Culture, Madrid, Spain; 2002 Mia Mia Gallery, Melbourne; The Contemporaries, Contemporary Artspace, Brisbane; 2003 Bush gardens of Roper River, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc. SA; Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth; Laverty Collection, Sydney.
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