Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home


One of Queensland’s most esteemed artists, Mavis Ngallametta (Kugu-Uwanh people, Putch clan, Australia 1944–2019) was renowned for her large-scale paintings — artworks in which she mastered figurative scenes combined with meandering dotted patterns over bold ochre fields, and where she wove together a multitude of perspectives and stories in a glimmering fabric. Mavis Ngallametta’s career was short, but highly influential — she began to paint in 2008, and only created her large canvases, for which she is nationally renowned, from 2010.

The first substantial publication on the work of Mrs Ngallametta, Show Me the Way to Go Home illustrates in rich detail a selection of the artist’s intricate paintings, and features beautiful photographs of the artist and her Cape York country. Essays by curator Bruce Johnson McLean (Assistant Director, Indigenous Engagement, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; formerly Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, QAGOMA) and artistic advisor Gina Allain (Gina was also Mavis’s personal assistant) reveal their insights into the artist’s practice and processes, including the places, stories and memories that feature so prominently in her artworks. A selected bibliography and exhibition history are also included.

156 pages hardcover, black-and-white and colour illustrations


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