Jane Tangney is a Western Australian artist immersed in the ever-evolving genre of landscape painting. Her sensitively observed works are richly nuanced responses - not only to place, but to broader notions of the human condition. Jane’s use of colour, paint handling and compositional forms are a lyrical blend of restraint and complexity. Heavy impasto paintings in oil and beeswax are often juxtaposed with works on paper that invite intimacy and lightness.
This body of work was inspired by a road trip to Karijini, (Banyjima name for the Hamersley Range) situated in the Pilbara region of WA. Nearby lies the ghost town of Wittenoom – a place of significance to the artist’s grandparents and father who moved there in 1947, unaware of the health risks this newly established asbestos mining town would later pose.
Within this body of work, Jane aimed for pared-back compositions about colour, open space, deep gorges, shadows, lungs/breath, silence and connection to family now deceased.
Featured alongside Karijini is a curated selection of works by Tjanpi Desert Weavers. The social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council was created to enable women in remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art. Tjanpi is a movement that celebrates life, creativity and country.
Koskela Gallery, Sydney 2018