July 28: Abell Presents The Kelton Collection of Important Australian Indigenous Works of Art
Abell Auction Company is excited to feature this wonderful collection of Aboriginal art including works from Clifford Possum Tjapaltjari, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Albert Namatjira, and other well-known artists of the region. The Australian Financial Review described the Kelton Collection as arguably the most important collection of Australian Indigenous art outside a public institution. Richard Kelton’s love and respect for the Australian Indigenous culture can be seen in his thoughtful collection.
Emily was a pioneer for female artists in the aboriginal art movement. At the time, she was one of the few females amongst a male-dominated art scene. Through her unorthodox techniques, love for her homeland, and Dreamtime stories, she was able to express her deep emotion and personal experiences through her works. Her career spanned eight years but her legacy continues.
Clifford was a charismatic and prudent man who mastered his craft and created his pieces earnestly. He believed that the aboriginal people needed to express their dreamings on canvas from traditional means through the soil. His influence positioned him to be one of the founders of the Western Desert Art Movement. This led to worldwide awareness of Aboriginal art. His work is sought after by many collectors. The demand for his art was earned through his work ethic as well as his determination to promote his and his family’s works.
Albert Namatjira is arguably the most famous European-style Aboriginal Artist. His work broke barriers between the European Australians and Aboriginals and was the first to gain popularity with his ethnic background. His works focused on beautiful interpretations of the spirituality of the Australian landscape. His art is still praised today and he is celebrated as an influential advocate for Aboriginal rights.
An auction preview will be held at the Abell gallery (2613 Yates Ave. in Los Angeles) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT beginning July 11. Please visit www.abell.com for more information regarding registration and buying.