Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Charles Jangala Inkamala

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From Mparntwe to my father’s and grandmother’s country

Araluen Arts Centre, Media Release, 25 November 2022

Charles Jangala Inkamala was born 1968 in Ntaria (Hermannsburg). His mother’s Country is Papunya and his father’s Country is Ntaria.

Charles lives in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and began painting with Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists in 2017. He paints significant cultural sites such as Rwetyepme (Mount Sonder) and Yapalpe (Glen Helen Gorge) in stylized detail.

Charles meditates on his home Country as he paints and imbues his work with strong knowledge of Country and connection to land.

Charles’ intricate line work captures the multitude of directions of the rock layers in this ancient land and conjures strong impressions of the shaping of this Country.

Echoes of Albert Namatjira are evident in Charles’ watercolour-esque application of acrylic paints, as well as his use of ultramarine blue. Charles’ playful use of depth sees this vivid hue being brought to the forefront.

Charles has also been experimenting with perspective in his works, combining aerial views with ground views.

Charles was shortlisted for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) in 2021 and 2022. This is Charles first solo exhibition.

  • Exhibition dates
    26 November 2022 to 5 March 2023
  • Location
    Araluen Arts Centre
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