Victorian Arts Centre collection

One of Marvellous Melbourne’s fabulous hidden secrets is the magnificent collection of art adorning the walls of the Victorian Arts Centre’s theatre complex. I sometimes suspect that the majority of the theatres’ patrons are blissfully unaware of the importance of the wonderful collection surrounding them as they gather in the foyers awaiting their productions and performances. There are brilliant works by major Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd, Sid Nolan, Jeffrey Smart, and John Olsen, among others. Part of the magic is their ready availability. Unlike the exhibits in the neighbouring galleries of the NGV, these are available for the enjoyment of the passing public day and night. I rarely pass the doors on St Kilda Road without a quick visit to refresh my spirit.

At one end of the complex is a wonderful collection of Western Desert art. Here are my snap shots of  these exciting paintings.

Women's Dreaming Site of Kanaputa Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra (Pintupi)
Women’s Dreaming Site of Kanaputa
Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra
(Pintupi) 1984
The Winparrku Serpents Kaapa Djambidjimba Woven by the Victorian Tapestery Workshop 1978
The Winparrku Serpents
Kaapa Djambidjimba
Woven by the Victorian Tapestery Workshop
1978
Storm Ancestors at Mikantji Kaapa Tjampitjinpa & Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa (Anmatjira) 1984
Storm Ancestors at Mikantji
Kaapa Tjampitjinpa & Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa
(Anmatjira) 1984
The Kunyia Kutjarra at Patantja Ngiitjita (Willie) Tjungurrayi (Pintupi) 1984
The Kunyia Kutjarra at Patantja
Ngiitjita (Willie) Tjungurrayi
(Pintupi) 1984
Tingari Men at Palinpalintjanga Tjampu (Charlie) Tjapangati (Pintupi) 1984
Tingari Men at Palinpalintjanga
Tjampu (Charlie) Tjapangati
(Pintupi) 1984
Arrungu Dreaming at Ulyitjirrki Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (Anmatjira) 1984
Arrungu Dreaming at Ulyitjirrki
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
(Anmatjira) 1984
The Kungka Kutjarra Travel from Mitukatjirri through Muni Muni to Putja (centre of panel) Turkey Tolsen Tjupurrula (Pintupi) 1984
The Kungka Kutjarra Travel from Mitukatjirri through Muni Muni to Putja
(centre of panel)
Turkey Tolsen Tjupurrula
(Pintupi) 1984
The Artist's Country from Tjuntju to Kalipyinpa Patjaingurrarra Tjapaltjarri (Ngaatjatjarra) 1984
The Artist’s Country from Tjuntju to Kalipyinpa
Patjaingurrarra Tjapaltjarri
(Ngaatjatjarra) 1984

Two somethings

Ngaalitji Ancestors Don Tjungurrayi (Luritja) 1984
Ngaalitji Ancestors
Don Tjungurrayi
(Luritja) 1984

 

 

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