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Vibrant prints make mark on art collection

By Katie Weiss

Vibrant prints made by Warlayirti artists from Western Australia are welcome additions to the CDU Art Collection Vibrant prints made by Warlayirti artists from Western Australia are welcome additions to the CDU Art Collection

Eighteen limited edition prints made by senior North Australian artists are the latest additions to the CDU Art Collection.

The vibrant prints were gifted by the Warlayirti artists, from the Western Australia community of Balgo, and Northern Editions Printmaking Studio.

Featured in the suite of prints are works from well-known Indigenous artists, including E. Nampitjin, Helicopter Joe Tjungurrayi, Bai Bai Napangardi and David Mudgedell.

The gifts reinforce CDU’s longstanding relationship with the artists and the art centre, which has been gifting works to the CDU Art Collection since 1999.

Warlayirti artists created the prints at Japanese woodblock and etching workshops conducted by Northern Editions Studio in September last year.

At the workshop, the six male artists learned the art of Japanese woodblock for the first time.

Jacqueline Gribbin was the master printer of the workshop.

Warlayirti artists are renowned for producing individual and vibrant artworks.

Warlayirti Artists art centre represents more than 200 artists across the three communities in the Kimberley region.