Patju Presley

17.02.2022—
20.02.2022

Patju Presley paints with such a spiritual confidence, as someone who knows their place in the Creation, often singing the associated songs of particular sites whilst rhythmically placing his myriad of dots.”

— Spinifex Arts Project

Patju Presley
Ilpili
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
137 x 200 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA, cat. 21-57
Patju Presley
Apalini
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
137 x 200 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat. 21-224
Patju Presley
Apilini and Wakura
2020
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 20-227

The landscape shifts through the significant sites that Patju depicts, animating the associated Creation Lines: Wati Tjawalpa (Cresent nailed-tailed Wallaby Man), Wati Nyulu (Golden Bandicoot Man), Wati Tjuta (Many Men), Minyma Ngiyari (Thorny Devil Women), Yapanya  Wati Tjunku (Burrowing Bettong), Minyma Kutjara (Two Women) and Tipulnya that holds the Kalaya Tjuta Tjukurpa (Many Emu Creation Line).”

Patju Presley
Ilu
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
90 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 21-220
Patju Presley
Karatjara
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
90 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat. 21-273
Patju Presley
Wati Tjungku
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 21-223
Patju Presley
Ilu
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 21-231

As these sliding tectonic plates of colour nudge, they shimmer and slide beneath each other in such unexpected and paradoxical ways that one is often left wondering if it was some kind of magic trick. ”

— Henry Skerrit

Patju Presley
Piltjitjara
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 230 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat. 21-63
Patju Presley
Tjukiwara
2020
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
137 x 200 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 20-246

The characters that Patju depicts within a living, breathing landscape are the creation beings who shaped the immediate environment as they moved through it, leaving a moral narrative etched into the physical domain as testament to their power and presence.”

— Spinifex Arts Project

Patju Presley
Malara
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
137 x 200 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA, cat. 21-48
Patju Presley
Apulingi
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
137 x 200 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 21-95
Patju Presley
Ilu
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 21-230
Patju Presley
Tipulnya
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
140 x 137 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat 21-197
Patju Presley
Minyma Kutjara
2021
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 230 cm
Provenance: Spinifex Arts Project, WA cat. 21-63

It seems the colour comes from within his being. He carries an innate optimism and gregarious positivity with a feeling that he quite possibly could 'have it all' and maybe he does”

— Brian Hallett

Patju Presley can be viewed as part of Melbourne Art Fair 2022.

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