Aboriginal Artist Ethan Kotiau announce ‘Iningai’ Exhibition

Celebrate Aboriginal culture through Ethan Kotiau’s contemporary inaugural solo exhibition ‘Iningai’ on 13 April to 12 May at the Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney. 

The Gunggarri artist dedicated his first exhibition to his ancestral homeland known as ‘Iningai’, the traditional custodian’s name for the Longreach Region in Queensland. 

Ethan’s artistic journey began when he was inspired by Aboriginal artist Ningura Napurrula Gibson’s paintings, which reminded him of his grandmother’s stories. 

With Acrylic as his primary medium, his paintings encapsulate the beauty of and tranquility of Australian bush with intricate patterns of fauna and subtle movements of wildlife and rivers. 

His contemporary paintings feature traditional compositions such as dots and lines, an early form of symbolic expression and pattern carved in artifacts and ancient rocks. 

Ethan’s ‘Iningai Wateholes’ painting composed of symbolic dots in acrylic (PHOTO : Sketch Co. Gallery)

“I love the simplicity in a lot of the traditional Aboriginal art from the past. I keep that principle in my work. I like to keep it simple, not over complicate it. I think you see that in my paintings, they aren’t loud but subtle and discreet. However, once you look closer there’s more to them than meets the eye. That has been my experience of aboriginal culture and our community growing up,” said Ethan. 

Through his works, Ethan hopes viewers can connect and be inspired with a deeper appreciation of Aboriginal culture and nature in which it thrived for millennia.  

With his talent and determination, Ethan is becoming one of Australia’s renowned contemporary artists incorporating Aboriginal culture within his works. 

The Kate Owen Gallery stretches over 600 square meters on three floors (PHOTO : Kate Owen Gallery)

The Kate Owen Gallery, an award winning gallery in Sydney, has been showcasing diverse contemporary Aboriginal works across Australia since 2007. 

The Kate Owen Gallery is delighted to host Ethan’s ‘Iningai’ exhibition and invites art lovers to take the opportunity to meet the artist himself who will be at the gallery for the opening. 

Learn More : https://www.kateowengallery.com/shows/showlist.htm

The National Indigenous Cultural Centre (NICC) is an Indigenous home. We provide Indigenous products, music, art and news. If you want Indigenous gifts and merchandise, bush tucker food at your next event or Indigenous entertainment at your next party, expo or conference, feel free to contact us!

Tony Clemenger

Chief Executive Officer

0419 431 649

Level 1 397 Chapel Street South Yarra 3141

Write a comment