Ginger Riley: The Boss of Colour is currently on display at the Castlemain Art Gallery. This is the first major exhibition of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala’s work since the retrospective Mother Country in Mind: The Art of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1997. It is the first survey exhibition of his work in a public gallery since the artist passed away in 2002 and the first exhibition of Indigenous art at the Castlemaine Art Gallery.
Riley (circa 1936- 2002) was a saltwater man, from Marra country in the gulf region of the Northern Territory. He is recognised for his strikingly bright and bold paintings of his Mother country. The paintings in the exhibition demonstrate Riley’s vibrant and powerful depictions of country, which challenged and changed Australia’s preconceived notion of Indigenous art, and our landscape painting tradition. The intensity and energy of Riley’s paintings is so strong that Australian expressionist David Larwill dubbed him, “the boss of colour”.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Tom Mosby, CEO Koori Heritage Trust on Saturday 7 February 2015. It is open until 19 April 2015 and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with extracts from an essay by Tim Alves.
Castlemaine Art Gallery, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, Vic 3450 | Phone (03) 5472 2292
Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission Prices: Adult $4, Concession/Pension $3, Members and Children under 18 free