Napolean Oui, a Djabugay man of the rainforest, has committed himself to an active engagement with the cultural heritage of his ancestors from across North Queensland. Napolean’s interests are particularly rooted in the research and collating of the numerous shield designs of the rainforest tribes. This research and its revelations have acted as progenitor for his contemporary art practice and characteristic visual expressions. Napolean’s bold and evocative designs incorporate elements of the diverse ecology of the rainforest as well as the cultural traditions of the people who have safeguarded its invaluable bounty for millennia.
These designs are accentuated by the use of oilstick in rich, raw and robust earth hues, producing fields possessing of an elemental eloquence and confidant corporeality. In his works, Napolean conveys a penchant for the graphic, geometric and compositionally balanced. However, an undeniable reverence for the subtle irregularity of the natural world is ever-present, granting a sense of life and immediacy to each of his designs.
Mossenson Galleries is proud to commence our 2014 program with Napolean Oui’s first solo exhibition in Western Australia.
We invite you to join us for opening drinks on Saturday 15 February 2014, 2 – 4pm.
Earlier this month, artist Brian Robinson travelled to Singapore for the Art Stage 2014 fair, where he presented a vibrant and dramatic body of work. Excitingly, Robinson's artworks were well recieved by viewers and media alike and was proclaimed to be one of the must-see highlights of the fair program.
Coinciding with a successful fair experience, Robinson's submission to the Western Australia Indigenous Art Award 2013 was announced as the People's Choice, awarding him an additional prize alongside the overall award.
Mossenson Galleries congratulates represented artists Col Jordan, Jason Cordero, Matthew Clarke, Gladdy Kemarre, Josie Kunoth Petyarre and Napolean Oui, who have all been selected as finalists in the Stanthorpe Art Festival Prize 2014.
The installation of Brian Robinson's work at Booth D30, Art Stage Singapore 2014 is complete and we excitedly await the commencement of the fair on Thursday 16 January. Furthermore, we are delighted that Robinson could join us at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre and will be available to discuss his practice with what is sure to be a plethora of new fans.
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Congratulations to Brian Robinson who has had a series of works from his recent solo exhibition acquired by the Kerry Stokes Collection.