Artist Rita Kemarr Beasley
Title Wutunugurra
Year 2022

Synthetic polymer on canvas

Dimensions 90 × 90 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

Rita Kemarr Beasley has painted a single tree set against the rich blue of her energetic brushstrokes, evoking the colour of the hills surrounding her home of Wutunugurra. The vivid dot work reflects the brilliance of the stars that light up the desert sky.