18/01/2018 - 18/03/2018
Location: Wyndham Art Gallery, 177 Watton St, Werribee, VIC 3030
Start Date : 18th January 2018
End Date: 18th March 2018
Originally from Katherine, Gurindji visual and performing artist Kamahi King is internationally renowned for his stunning paintings. More recently Kamahi Djordon King has shifted his focus towards multimedia. With so many people needing verification, that the artist has painted the painting, Kamahi films the creation process and it’s played alongside the piece in the exhibition. Most of Kamahi’s artwork is inspired by nature. He has also begun to make sculpture, and this will be the first exhibition of his collection titled Tanha and the camp dogs, a homage to his late fur baby with her distinct colouring.
Visitors to the gallery will see a gathering of dogs made of papier mache, paying homage to Tanha, Kamahi’s beloved dog who he mourns. The dogs will be dressed to enhance the play on words, being both camp dogs, (dogs that belong to Aboriginal camps) and camp dogs.
Kamahi began sketching and painting at a young age, however he did not begin to paint on canvas until his twenties after pursuing a career in the performing arts. As well as acting in theatrical roles such as the Fool/Narrator of the critically acclaimed The Shadow King, an Aboriginal version of Shakespeare’s King Lear, he also has an alter ego called Constantina Bush who will be performing cabaret at Park Lounge, Deep West Pride without Prejudice on Saturday 3 February 4 -9pm at Kelly Park, Werribee. After moving around the country for most of his life Kamahi now lives in Katherine Northern Territory.
Wyndham Art Gallery is lucky to have tempted Kamahi from his travels to delight us with his presence at our 2018 Midsumma show. He will also perform at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday the 18th of January as well as participating in a Q and A with local writer and spoken word artist Pauline Vetuna in
ARTIST IN CONVERSATION #3 on
Thursday February 1st at the Wyndham Art Gallery – 5.30 to 7.30pm
Website with Art Exhibition details: https://www.wyncc.com.au/art_gallery