2011/0051 Bush Camp

Bush Camp

Artist

Pantjiti Mary McLEAN
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1935
 in
Docker River (Kaltukatjara), Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Bush Camp
Date
2000
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
120.0 x 120.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Dr Ben Korman under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2011/0051
Currently on display (GALLERY 3 WESPAC in GALLERY BUILDING)

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Bush Camp, 2000, is an excellent example of McLean’s work and contains all of the signature elements that are characteristic of her aesthetic. This painting, like many of McLean’s refers to her childhood and youth where she lived a very nomadic and traditional life, often hunting with her family in the desert. Goannas, camp dogs, birds, plants and a large water hole are all depicted on the canvas, in a naive style that reflects McLean’s fond memories of this time in her life.

Curatorial insightDr Pantjiti Mary Mclean is a respected artist and elder of the Ngaatjatjarra peoples of the Western Desert whose artistic career spans almost two decades. Although McLean started to paint at an older age, she has been a prolific artist for many years and is considered to be an innovator in Western Desert painting. Bush Camp is an excellent example of McLean’s work and contains all of the signature elements that are characteristic of her aesthetic. This painting, like many of McLean’s, refers to her childhood and youth where she lived a very nomadic and traditional life, often hunting with her family in the desert. Goannas, camp dogs, birds, plants and a large water hole are all depicted on the canvas, in a naive style that reflects McLean’s fond memories of this time in her life. (AGWA 2011)

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