The Delmar Gallery

Since 1969 the Delmar Gallery has brought Australian contemporary art and cultural events to Sydney’s inner west.

The Delmar Gallery

Since 1969 the Delmar Gallery has brought Australian contemporary art and cultural events to Sydney’s inner west.

About The Delmar Gallery

Opening hours

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Delmar Gallery is temporarily closed to the public.

We are pleased to bring you a virtual tour of our current exhibition.

Catherine Benz
Convenor | Society of the Arts
Curator | Delmar Gallery

144 Victoria Street Ashfield NSW 2131
p. + 61 2 9581 6070
f. + 61 2 9716 7206

As part of the Society of the Arts, The Delmar Gallery runs a programme of curated exhibitions and public concerts. Concerts are either held in the Gallery or in the Music School’s Orchestra Room.

 

 

Current Exhibition

Janangoo Butcher Cherel – Ngarralja Tommy May – Wakartu Cory Surprise

 Fitzroy Crossing | Hassall Collection focusses on the work of three significant artists from the Kimberley WA.

The exhibition includes 35 paintings spanning 1989 to 2019 by Janangoo Butcher Cherel (c1920 – 2009), Wakartu Cory Surprise (c1929 – 2011) and Ngarralja Tommy May (born 1935).

Wakartu and Ngarralja were both born and spent their early years on Country in the Great Sandy Desert, while Janangoo was brought up on a cattle station located on his ancestral homeland in the river country.  They belong to three of the five different language groups who moved to Fitzroy Crossing after being forced off their land.

Aspects of river and desert country reverberate through their paintings, with Wakartu’s sweeps of colour suggesting vast views of sandhills and waterholes, while Janangoo’s pulsating patterns record flood waters receding or clusters of bush fruits.  Ngarralja’s innovative works on enamelled aluminium, Perspex and canvas chart seasonal changes in vegetation and weather systems across Wangkajunga and Walmajarri country.

The paintings are on loan from the Hassall Collection, a private collection of 20th century and contemporary art, distinguished by the depth in which individual artists are represented.

Curated by Catherine Benz and Robert Hirschmann.

Exhibition dates:  29 February – 30 April, 2020

Take the virtual tour

Image: Wakartu Cory Surprise, Bimarral Jila 2009, acrylic on canvas, 178 x 236cm.  Courtesy of Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing.