Koskela is thrilled to open our first exhibition of the year with a series of works by solo artist Elaine Lane. Elaine is a senior artist from the Papulankutja (Blackstone) community who paints with Warakurna Artists through the Wanarn Tjilpi and Pampa Painting Program.
The Warakurna Artists is a community operated and owned Art Centre encompassing the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. Warakurna Artists work closely with Wanarn Aged Care Facility to conduct painting sessions. Elaine Lane is one of the aged care patients. Over the course of her 80th year around the sun, Elaine produced enough work for a solo exhibition at the Koskela Gallery, a remarkable feat for any artist, let alone one of her age.
Elaine’s paintings are vibrant and diverse, reflecting her unique style and connection to country. Elaine draws from the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Papulankutja country, depicting sacred sites and natural landscapes.
The Warakurna Artists program is more than a painting group for the elderly, it emotionally and fiscally enhances the community. It is a powerful example of how self-managed and governed Aboriginal business by artists, and community elders can create financial independence in the community. The emotional gains of the program are inspiring as the communal painting activities have enlivened a spirit of excitement, connection and storytelling amongst the patients.
Koskela is proud to collaborate with Art Centres such as the Warakurna Artists, as it helps to generate an income for the communities independent of Government, helping artists to continue to live a life they have chosen to lead and maintain their traditional practices.
Make tracks to our Rosebery store to see the Elaine Lane exhibition in our beautiful Gallery space. It's showing from Saturday, 7th March to 19th April 2020.