Legends Through Patterns from the Past
Limited edition linocuts, etchings and sculptures by two of Australia's leading indigenous artists. These contemporary works have been inspired by the ancient myths, legends and culture of the Torres Strait Islands.
Not since Alfred Haddon's Cambridge University sponsored exhibition in the late nineteenth century has the material culture of the Torres Strait enjoyed such international interest. Ironically, it was the work Haddon collected that has inspired Dennis Nona and Alick Tipoti, two artists who occupy key positions in the contemporary revival of Torres Strait art.
The two artists, who are in their mid thirties, come from the sparsely populated island of Badu in the Western Torres Strait. The traditional carving skills of their ancestors have been adapted to produce very contemporary, complex and highly intricate linoleum prints and metal sculptures.
Their work is seen in all the major museums in Australia and also in a number of important institutions in UK, France and USA.
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