Supplied, 29 September 2023

There’s an interesting mix in the October Aboriginal Art auction from Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers, with major names including Rover Thomas, Dorothy Napangardi and Nyurapayia (Mrs Bennett) Nampitjinpa, as well as a large selection from younger and mid-career artists. With modest estimates, these provide an excellent opportunity for new collectors looking to opt into the Aboriginal art market.

There are 105 lots in the upcoming October Aboriginal Art auction from Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers sale on 2 October 2023  including Mina Mina by Judy Watson Napangardi in a vibrant colour palette, estimated at $20,000 – 25,000.

There are 105 lots in the upcoming sale, including a small selection of watercolours. Among the more high-profile artists, Dorothy Napangardi’s monumental Mina Mina (Lot 9041 ) is a standout. Named for the artist’s ancestral home in the Tanami Desert, it’s stylistically typical of her delicate and intricately dotted monochrome works, that beautifully and subtly reference the movement of her female ancestors through the desert.

There are appealing works by Judy Watson Napangardi in the same vibrant colour palette, Mina Mina (Lot 9053 ) and the smaller Untitled (Lot 9087 ), and also by George Hairbursh Tjungurrayi, a key member of the modern Aboriginal Art scene since training directly under the senior men of the Papunya school. The artist continues to produce innovative and original paintings of the Tingari stories of his ancestral home in the Western Desert, including the site of Kiwirrkura which is the subject of the two works on offer here (Lot 9001 and 9019).

One of Australia’s most critically acclaimed artists, Rover Thomas is recognised for his sublime landscapes that illustrate both the physical and spiritual aspects of the Kimberley region. Last on offer in 2008, the small work, Marumaru (Black One) (Lot 9063 ) is a beautiful example of his earth pigment works that shift between the figurative and abstract. It sits alongside another powerful work, Two Jangula Men (Lot 9026 ) by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, with dual skeletons on a simple background. Formerly with the Des Rogers Collection, it’s on offer with six digital work-in-progress images.

Of the other lots, there are some interesting works at very affordable price points, with artists including   Karen Bird Ngale, Jeannie Mills Pwerle, Minnie Pwerle, Jeannie Petyarre and Kudditji Kngwarrey that are well worth a look.

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