Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Provenance: Short Street Gallery, Broome
Imitjala Curley (1953- )
Lorna was born c. 1920 in Yumurrpa country, south of the Tanami Desert. She was a skilled painter of decorative body designs for women’s ceremony, and in 1986 began to paint artworks on canvas. Over the next twenty years Lorna became a greatly admired artist who, along with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, pioneered the women’s art movement. They departed from the traditional iconography that men painted to a more personal and artistic expression.
Lorna’s art is bold, free, expressive, abstract and experimental. Many of her artworks burst off the wall with a physical or emotional force that a photograph simply cannot capture. Lorna would load the brush with paint before touching down on the canvas and layer the colours one upon the next. There is great emphasis on concealing intimate details about the dreaming stories, which leads viewers to continually gaze at her artworks, hoping that they will reveal more of their mysteries. Her final works were increasingly loose, gestural and layered. Lorna seemed to find a new freedom and joy of expression which radiated from her stunning canvasses.
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