E(merge): Two spiritualities – Angelina Pwerle/Hu Qinwu

Dates & times

Thu 5 July — Sun 12 August 2012

Image: Hu Qinwu
2011, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 117 cm. Courtesy the artist, China Art Projects and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.


2011/12 is a celebratory year for Chinese/Australian cultural interaction. To mark this important relationship this exhibition brings together the work of two painters, Hu Qinwu from China and Angelina Pwerle of Australia, whose art shares a spiritual sensibility deeply anchored in connections with an ancestral past.

Hu Qinwu was born in Shandong province in 1969 and currently works in Beijing as a painter, photographer and printmaker. He paints layers of individual marks that create a harmonious whole suggesting infinity – like the Buddhist idea of kong bai or empty space. He believes paintings should speak of what is inside, not outside. ‘I have my own language’, he says.

Born in 1946 in Utopia, NT, Angelina Pwerle inherited ownership of the Bush Plum Dreamtime story. This story is central to her painting of country as its retelling is the means by which the past is perpetuated into continuity. In her painting she meticulously builds miasmas of movement out of tiny dots that could be the seeds of the bush plum blown by the wind, or the cosmos whirling through time.

Curated by Reg Newitt and presented in association with China Art Projects and Niagara Galleries.


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