‘Uncle goes fishing’, 2007, by Jingalu, appears in ‘Saltwater Freshwater Art’ book.
‘Uncle goes fishing’, 2007, by Jingalu, appears in ‘Saltwater Freshwater Art’ book.

Book of 39 artists for $39

RARELY do art books feature artists you have a chance of knowing in a regional area but ‘Saltwater Freshwater Art’ profiles artists whose work can be found on the walls of local primary schools.

Costing only $39, the book is bargain priced for a coffee table art book. ‘Saltwater Freshwater Art’ includes local artists such as Jingalu, who produced ‘Uncle Goes Fishing’, and Tony Hart, who has a painting on Tyalla Primary School’s wall.

In all, 39 visual artists from Corindi to Karuah – the area of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance – are profiled out of 180 living artists found by the Alliance.

“The publication represents a moment in time; a snapshot of practicing Aboriginal visual artists that will inspire and lay foundation for the emerging talent, particularly amongst the region’s young people,” says the manager of the Alliance, Alison Page.

“Our dream at Saltwater Freshwater is that the community of artists represented in this publication will grow so that the Aboriginal art from this region is as world-renowned as it deserves to be.”

The first publication to comprehensively profile Mid North Coast Aboriginal artists, the book contains the stories of the artists and their work.

“Aboriginal art, like us as a people, was largely invisible until the 1970s. The struggle of Aboriginal people, which has changed over the decades, is clearly visible in the works of this book. As a whole, they exhibit a sense of connection, belonging and identity,” said Professor Margo Neale, senior curator at the National Museum of Australia of the works published in the book.

‘Saltwater Freshwater Art’ can be purchased online at www.saltwaterfreshwater.com.au and will be offered for sale in regional galleries in the coming weeks.



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