Artist Rita Kemarr Beasley
Title Untitled (Wutunugurra)
Year 2021

Synthetic polymer on canvas

Dimensions 91 × 91 cm
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Rita Kemarr Beasley

Rita Kemarr Beasley is a member of the Epenarra artist collective known for her energetic and expressive style. Rita creates depictions of country using large blocks of colour in a palette inspired by Iytwelepenty (the Davenport Ranges) where Wutunugurra (Epenarra) is located. She builds layers and layers of paint, dotting laboriously over a section of canvas, only to paint over it again until the work reaches a state of completion. Rita’s work frequently depicts sturdy trees whose thick white trunks stand starkly against her richly coloured backgrounds. These eucalyptus trees flourish in the landscape surrounding Wutunugurra and feature in the works of many of the Epenarra artists.

Artist statement

Textural blocks of colour sit against exaggerated details applied with energetic brush strokes in Rita Kemarr Beasley’s evocative depictions of her Country around Wutunugurra. In Untitled (Wutunugurra) the familiar white-trunked eucalypts of the Barkly stand starkly against a purple background, recalling the dramatic colours of Iytwelepenty (the Davenport Ranges).