‘Artists of the North Country’ Exhibition By World’s Oldest Continuous Living Culture At Mitchell Fine Arts

Mitchell Fine Arts presents the ‘Artists of the North Country: Arnhem Land and Beyond‘ exhibition in Fortitude Valley, a one-of-a-kind showcase, featuring awe-inspiring artworks from the world’s oldest, continuous living culture.

The Artists of the North Country exhibition brings together an incredible collection of artworks about the ‘North Country,’ gathered over four decades.

The untouched beauty of Arnhem Land, nestled in the northeastern corner of the Northern Territory and spanning an area of ~97,000 square kilometres, holds deep ties to Australia’s First Nations people, where a rich storytelling tradition has existed for the last 50,000 years.

The area continues to be one of the largest parcels of Aboriginal-owned land in Australia today.

Lorrkon: hollow wooden logs that serve as memorial poles
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Visitors will marvel at the intricate bark paintings, the beautiful hollow log memorial poles, paintings, and other intricate works on paper.

Fresh Water Dreaming. Acrylic on Canvas by Sammy Blanasi
“Animals depicted include the freshwater crayfish, crocodiles, eels and fish. The plant is the water lily which grows profusely in the billabongs in this country and are a food source.
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Each piece is infused with creation events and stories of profound spiritual and cultural significance. Passed down through generations, these stories are preserved through dance, ceremony, and art.

Mimi Spirit. Acrylic on canvas by Paddy Fordham.
Mimi are reclusive, shy spirits that inhabit the rocky escarpment country around Gunbulunya in Western Arnhem land. Mimis are generally friendly, only becoming angry when a wrong is done to the innocent and the defenceless. The painting depicts a single male Mimi.”
Photo credit: Mitchell Fine Arts

These remarkable works have been part of a private collection since the early 1980s. This is the first time they have gone on the market and serious collectors are expected to seize this unique opportunity to own a piece of history.

Mitchell Fine Art is conveniently located at 86 Arthur St in Fortitude Valley. Onsite parking is available and the gallery is open six days a week, from Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The entire exhibition can be viewed online at www.mitchellfineartgallery.com.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness the richness and depth of Aboriginal art. Connect with the cultural heritage of the world’s oldest continuous living culture, right here in Fortitude Valley. Plan your visit today and let the ‘Artists of the North Country’ exhibition leave an indelible mark on your soul.

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Published 6-July-2023