Kayili car bonnets

07 Aug 2020 – 17 Oct 2021
GOMA | Pavillion Walk | Free

Known as the Kayili artists, Pulpurru Davies, Nola Campbell, Mary Gibson, Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles and Ngipi Ward were among the last nomadic desert peoples forced into settler life. They now live in a small community at Patjarr, a thousand kilometres west of Alice Springs in the heartland of the Western Desert, the desert now populated with cars, some functional, many in various stages of decay.

These artists give these car bonnets new life, painting with an intensity that reflects their calling as tradition-bearers to constantly invent ways to record their culture and portray their desert world. They indulge their love of colour by animating these surfaces with shimmering, cryptic, topographical maps of their country, and the ancestral journeys that formed it.


Nola Campbell, Australia b.1946 / Holden 2007

Nola Campbell, Australia b.1946 / Holden 2007 / Synthetic polymer paint on metal / 154 x 134 x 12cm / Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Nola Campbell.

Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles, Australia 1937–2010 / Valiant 2007

Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles, Australia 1937–2010 / Valiant 2007 / Synthetic polymer paint on metal / 152 x 142 x 10cm / Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles.

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