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Pintupi Nine was group of Indigenous people last to be westernised in 1984. They had continued their Nomadic existence still after the establishment of Papunya Tula in 1971.

By 1984, this wandering band numbered nine. Papalya and Nanu, as the group’s widow-matriarchs, were both aged in their mid 50s. There was Takariya, then 24, nowadays sometimes known as Doris, and the girls Yalti, 14, and Yukultji, 12. Of men and boys there was Piyiti, then about 26, Warlimpirrnga, about 25, Tamayinya, 15, and Walala, 12. The group’s only modern tool was an axe-head that Joshua had brought from Balgo.

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Irrunytju Arts is now well established and the artists are known for producing vibrant and colourful canvases which depict a variety of tjukurpa, heavily related to the landscape of the surrounding country and its history

The art centre has supported over 30 artists, including Wingu Tingima, Alkawari Dawson, Patju Presley and Yannima Tommy Watson (who now works independently), as well as Jorna Newberry, Kuntjil Cooper, Karrika Belle Davidson, Ivy Laidlaw, Tjayanka Woods, Myra Cook, Anmanari Brown, Angampa Martin and Roma Butler

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Welcome to Ultimate Art Gallery.

A diverse exhibition platform showcasing
Traditional & Aboriginal Art work by Australian artists.

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It is difficult to capture what ‘Dreaming’ or ‘Dreamtime’ is all about.

The Dreaming is linked to the creation process and spiritual ancestors, and is still around today.’

The Dreaming’ or ‘the Dreamtime’ indicates a psychic state in which or during which contact is made with the ancestral spirits, or the Law, or that special period of the beginning.

—Mudrooroo, Aboriginal writer

Traditionally a dream belongs to the male in the tribe from a particular region. The dream is passed to the daughter or son as they grow and learn the spiritual rituals of the tribe and the land which is depicted through the use of art.

Ultimate Art Current Exhibition is tilted “Collaborative Indigenous Pieces” the exhibition focuses on collaborative pieces using traditional and modernised indigenous art techniques.

Each artwork is a representation of a dream passed on from generation to generation by community elders. Collaborative pieces created by the Kelly family in particular incorporate three generations of artists.

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Artist in the family often inspire the next generation whether they are from a contemporary or remote indigenous background. From childhood, they are exposed to artworks on the walls in the studio, art materials and art books, family visits to galleries and simply by living in a creative environment surrounded by their father or mother’s artistic peers who gather to discuss dreams and how art is used to pass them dreams on.

The indigenous work displayed by Ultimate Art Gallery captures the essence of Passing the Dream through the Papunya Tula ; Utopia & Irrunytju Communities. For these people the land has always been symbolically and literally the foundation of cultural knowledge.

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Through dreamtime the land was created and named with cultural laws and rituals evolving through the dreamtime. The dreamtime narratives are reconstituted through ceremonial performances and cultural art production to ensure the wellbeing of the ancestors, their sites of residence and the people who are forever connected to them.

Where ancient and important stories are concerned, and particularly those containing secret or sacred information, an artist must have permission to paint the story she or he paints. Traditional Aboriginal artists cannot paint a story that does not belong to them through family lineage this is not the case with the “Last Nomads” as no hierarchy exist in this small group of nine.

In this way the physical and spiritual survival of Aboriginal people is maintained. Through this artwork we are able to glimpse only a portion of the culture as the dream is passed.

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A major point of difference between Ultimate Art and other Galleries is each sections theme is driven either by the Family’s or Category Theme. The five Artist currently selected by Ultimate Art covered different themes using different Styles.

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It is the intention of Ultimate Art Gallery to showcase a range of quality work from artists which we believe contribute to the tapestry of cultural discourse, in addition to providing a platform for original and creative curatorial voices.

Working in a variety of mediums they explore themes which align with the focus of the Gallery, which is to showcase high quality and progressive artistic work that contributes to the tapestry of cultural discourse.

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Sydney Harbour often inspires Artist from a contemporary background. From childhood, they are exposed to artworks on the walls in the studio, art materials and art books, family visits to galleries and simply by living in a creative environment surrounded by the magnificent Sydney Harbour.

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Within the site you will find a showcase of existing and available sculptor designs medium to large scale appropriate of commissioning into residential, public & commercial architectural projects ; but also gallery size sculptors suitable for the private collector.

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Warlimpirringa Last Nomads

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Tommy Watson - Irrunytju Arts

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