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RILEY, Ginger (1936 - 2002)

Ginger Riley : the boss of colour

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Castlemaine, Vic. : Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, [2015]. Octavo, lettered wrappers, pp.  [50], illustrated. New copy.

Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Society 15 January – 8 March, 2015.

‘Castlemaine Art Gallery is proud and privileged to present the exhibition, ‘Ginger Riley: The Boss of Colour’. This will be the first major exhibition of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala’s work since the retrospective ‘Mother Country in Mind: The Art of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala’ held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1997, and the first survey exhibition in a public gallery since the artist passed away in 2002.

The exhibition presents Riley’s vibrant and powerful depictions of country which challenged and changed Australia’s preconceived notion of Indigenous art, and our landscape painting tradition. The intensity and energy of Riley’s paintings is so strong that Australian expressionist David Larwill dubbed him, ‘the boss of colour’.’