Dreamtime: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Australian Outback from the Collection of David & Claire Garets
On Friday, Sept. 20th @ 5:30pm, Sheehan Gallery’s Director Daniel Forbes will hold a live interview to discuss the exhibit with collector David Garets and anthropologist Dr. David Gregory, author of thebook Dreamtime: The Garets Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art. A public reception and evening viewing of the show will follow this event.
Residents of Blaine, WA, David and Claire Garets, both hold a long time affinity for artworks created by indigenous artists. David began his collecting of these works with Navajo pottery and rugs, while Claire gathered Kachina dolls from the American Southwest. Eventually the Garets’ collection expanded and became international as they added works by indigenous artists and artisans from neighboring Canada and from as far away as Siberia.
When their professional activities took the Garets to Australia, they were moved by the beauty and power of Aboriginal image making. After encountering a particularly moving painting on canvas in Freemantle, Australia, David bought their first piece of contemporary Austrialian Aboringinal art in 1998. Since this time, the Garets’ collection has grown to include over three dozen acrylic and watercolor paintings. Most of these pieces are abstracted (and often metaphyscial) landscapes whose imagery has roots in the traditions of Aborignal “Dreaming.” Lush in color, rich in content, and dazzling in pattern, the Garets’ collection has come to include pieces by some of Australia's most prominent contemporary Aboriginal painters.
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