Seattle’s Jeffrey Moose Gallery is proud to announce its expansion into a new exhibition space in the former downtown Foster/White Gallery space, adjacent to the original gallery in Rainier Square. The new space is more than 4 times larger than that of the original gallery.

The gallery will celebrate the expansion with its most important show to date, “Big Country: Australian Aboriginal Art Coast to Coast”. The show will offer over one hundred works representing the diversity and history of the genre. The exhibit will run from Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, September 1 with a reception on Thursday, June 21 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

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The exhibit reflects some of the spectacular works in the upcoming Seattle Art Museum exhibition “Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection” and was curated by Mr. Moose together with some of the Australian curators who assisted Bob Kaplan and Margaret Levy in building their collection.

The central desert community of Papunya, where the dot painting movement originated in the early 70’s, is represented by Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum, his brother Tim Leura. Leura’s protégé Gordon Campbell and George “Hairbrush” Tjungarrayi. Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who’s works are frequently compared to abstract expressionists, her bother Kudditiji, Gloria Petyarre and Lindsay Bird Mpetyane represent the community of Utopia. Paddy Japaljarri Sims, his wife, Bessie Nakamarra Sims, Paddy Japaljarri Stewart and Shorty Jangala Robertson are among those representing Yuendemu, the community which made history by constructing enormous traditional ground paintings in European and American museums in the 80’s and 90’s.

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Artists from Arnhem Land, in the far northwest, like Jimmy Njiminjuma, George Ganyjibala and Narrawu Wanambi have worked with natural ochre paint on flattened eucalyptus bark, possibly for centuries. Nearby neighbors on the Tiwi Islands have used similar materials, but employed their own unique system of symbols to tell creation stories also represented in the exhibition. Further to the south, in the Kimberly and the western desert, artists such as Rover Thomas (first Aboriginal artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale), Charlie Tjapangati, Bai Bai Napangarti and Jimmy Nerrimah worked with a combination of solid brush strokes and dots to render their creation stories. From Queensland in the far east of Australia come paintings and prints with marine themes from Rosella Namok, urban artist Arone Meeks and Torres Strait islanders Dennis Nona and Glen Mackie as well as a rare possum hair hat by an unknown artist from Mornington Island.

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The Jeffrey Moose Gallery is located at:
1331 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101