New FORM exhibition Gloria debuts the solo work of a contemporary Pilbara Aboriginal artist drawing critical attention across the State.
The eponymous, debut solo exhibition from Gloria, a Martu artist working out of Spinifex Hill Studios in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, opens on Thursday 22 February at The Goods Shed in Claremont.

Winner of 2017’s Merenda Gallery Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prize at the ‘As We Are’ Awards and the Best Artwork by an Indigenous Artist at Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery’s 2017 Hedland Art Awards (HAA), Gloria’s work was described by HAA judge Emilia Galatis as “an energetic, bold, vibrant work full of energy, a commitment to the brush and mark making.”

Spinifex Hill Studio Manager Greg Taylor said the artist would travel to Perth from her home in South Hedland to help celebrate the exhibition of 22 of her acrylic paintings We see a lot of artists in the studio and Gloria’s mark making is really exceptional,” Mr Taylor said.  “Working ‘wet on wet’ as she does can be technically difficult but it’s something that Gloria seemed to have understood from the beginning.  We began to marvel at Gloria’s sense of colour and her talent for bringing the work into a ‘oneness’.  It’s a mysterious thing that a lot of artists strive for their whole careers”

Born in Jigalong in 1975, Gloria is an acrylic painter within a powerful matriarchal tradition that emerged in the Western Desert in the early 2000s mainly through the establishment of Martumili Artists.  Her loose brushwork and pastel palettes have drawn critical attention for their highly affecting presence, and these artworks announce Gloria as a truly exciting contemporary artist of Western Australia.
“In the past twelve months Gloria has refined her style and became confident to work on larger canvases,” Mr Taylor said.  “I think her style is within the lineage of some of the desert brush painters like Nora Wompi and Nora Nungabar, who worked with Martumili Artists, although she’s taking it somewhere new too.”

Gloria paints one day a week at Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland. The Studios are home to the Spinifex Hill Artists, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centre that facilitates the art making in a variety of mediums for people from eight language groups.

Emilia Galatis, Independent Curator, will speak at the opening of the exhibition from 6-8pm at The Goods Shed, Claremont, with a members preview at 5.30pm. A range of limited edition cashmere modal scarves adapted from Gloria’s artwork will be launched alongside the exhibition. The scarves have been developed by FORM, with royalties going directly to benefit the artist and their community. A range of limited edition cashmere modal scarves adapted from Gloria’s artwork will be launched alongside the exhibition. The scarves have been developed by FORM, with royalties going directly to benefit the artist and their community.

For interviews or additional images and information, please contact Kim Kirkman, media@form.net.au or 0406 782 710.

Opening Thursday 22 February, 6-8pm

The Goods Shed,  Cnr of Shenton Rd & Claremont Cres, Claremont WA.