The Yilpinji Portfolio Edition is an important portfolio of fine art prints that provides a unique and affordable opportunity to invest in exceptional work by the most senior Aboriginal artists from Balgo Hills, Yuendumu and Lajamanu.
This is the first time in the history of Australian printmaking that a portfolio of limited edition prints has become available that focus on a unique aspect of Aboriginal culture. Fifteen senior Aboriginal artists have each created a thematic work on Yilpinji, the love magic practiced by the Warlpiri and Kukatja people of the central and western deserts of Australia.
This little known aspect of Aboriginal culture is explored in this portfolio of fifteen etchings, screenprints and linocuts.
These limited edition prints by Old Masters from the predominantly Kukatja settlement of Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills) in Western Australia as well as from Yuendumu and Lajamanu, Warlpiri settlements in the Northern Territory, have come about as a result of a unique cross-cultural collaboration.
It has involved indigenous artists, remote art centre staff and community organisations, a fine art print publishing house, a number of anthropologists who have specialist knowledge of these cultural groups and two highly respected non-indigenous printmakers.
The prints in this portfolio are included in a larger body of works that make up an exhibition also titled, Yilpinji Love Magic & Ceremony. This exhibition has shown at the Australian Museum, Sydney and toured public and commercial galleries both internationally and throughout Australia. The publisher of the portfolio, the Australian Art Network, is a respected publisher and distributor of limited edition prints by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists.
In producing this important folio of prints it has worked with two highly regarded print studios, Basil Hall Editions and Editions Tremblay and with Dr. Christine Nicholls of Flinders University, writer and cultural historian on Warlpiri and Kukatja art and culture.
The 15 original prints in this portfolio all measure 760mm x 560mm and are limited to editions of 99. They are presented in a buckram bound box, which is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue detailing the artists and the stories associated with each print and cross-referencing the images with the social and cultural issues they raise.