George Cooley

George Cooley — 'Manta II', 2024


Manta - meaning Earth in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara is an exhibition that brings together works by some of the most dynamic artists from the APY Lands as they showcase their material eclecticism. The carved, painted or woven surface communicates each artists Tjukurpa, speaking of their physical and spiritual connecting to Country. These works display the inspiration artists take from the manta and how it is represented not only in the motif but in the medium itself.  

APY Art Centre Collective x Craft

June 20 – July 27

Craft has partnered with APY Art Centre Collective to present the works from 6 artist that represent the many communities and art centres which are at the heart of the APY lands. These include Ninuku Arts, Tjala Arts, Umoona Arts and APYACC's Adelaide studio.

Beverly Burton / Frank Young / George Cooley / Yatitji Heffernan / Alfred Lowe 

George Cooley is a senior man and community leader from Coober Pedy. He holds leadership positions across the Umoona and Coober Pedy communities and is a talented artist and opal miner. George paints the landscape surrounding his Country, particularly the Breakaways, an important site 25km north of Coober Pedy, known for its spectacular hills, mesas and plains.  George was selected as a finalist in the 2023 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and is part of the upcoming 2024 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Inner Sanctum.

Founded in 2017, the APY Art Centre Collective is an initiative that provides support, resources and opportunities for First Nations artists from the APY Lands and beyond. Through exhibitions, workshops, and cultural exchanges, the collective aims to promote Indigenous voices, foster cross-cultural understanding, and generate economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.  

Read about the exhibition.

Material: Clay sculptural vessel

Dimensions:  26 x 18cm

Cat. no: 131-24AS

1 piece in stock.

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