Billy Benn Perrurle

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Billy Benn



Billy Benn Perrurle: Walking His Country (6 - 24 Jun 2017), Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy / Melbourne VIC Australia


Billy Benn Perrurle Melbourne Show, 6-23 Dec 2011, Alcaston Gallery, in conjunction with Bindi Inc. Mwerre Anthurre Artists, Fitzroy/Melbourne VIC Australia


Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC Australia


Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin NT Australia


Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC Australia


Grant Pirrie Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia

Billy Benn Perrurle - Artetyerre, 2005 (Entered into the 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award)

Billy Benn Perrurle - Artetyerre, 2005

‘My country is Artetyerre, Harts Range, south and east Arrernte. My country painting. My country is Dreaming Antenhe (possum). My Dreaming corroborree. My Dreaming goes to Alcunpa, to another people’s country, north-east from Utopia.’ — Billy Benn Perrurle © Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Details Title: Artetyerre Creator: Billy Benn Perrurle Date: 2005 Type: Painting Rights: Purchased 2005, Telstra Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory © licensed by the Artist Medium: synthetic polymer paint on canvas-covered plywood Geographical Region of Artist: Alice Springs, Central Australia Exhibition: 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2005 Ethnic Language Group: Alyawarr Dimensions: 32 x 244 cm



The hills beyond Hermannsburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NSW Australia


New Works by Bindi Artists 2013: A Group Exhibition, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC Australia


Good Strong Powerful (1 Oct 2011 - 15 Jan 2012) - exhibition featuring the works of 10 established and emerging Aboriginal artists from three Art Centres in the Northern Territory, Mwerre Anthurre from Alice Springs, Ngaruwanajirri Inc. from Bathurst Island and Julalikari Arts from Tennant Creek, National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra ACT Australia


Ways of Seeing, August 2011, Coo-ee Art Gallery Sydney NSW Australia


Looking Back at Country - Retrospective Exhibition, Series 1, 8th May – 19th June 2010 - Martin Tjampitjinpa, Billy Benn Perrurle, Makinti Napanangka, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy VIC Australia


Remembering Country, 18 May – 19 June 2010 (Group Exhibition), Alcaston Gallery & Bindi Inc, Mwerre Anthurre Artists, NT


Land, Sea & the Universe at the Melbourne Art Fair 2008, Melbourne Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Alcaston Gallery Melbourne VIC Australia - Billy Benn was one of four featured artists in Alcaston Gallery’s thematic exhibition.


Landscape Masters, 72 Erskine St, Sydney NSW Australia - featured landscapes from artists working at Bindi Inc. Mwerre Anthurre Artists including Billy Benn Perrurle, Billy Tjampitjinpa Kenda and Adrian Jangala Robertson. 


Visions of Utopia, December 2007, Coo-ee Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia


Finalist in the 2007 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.


Treasures from the Desert, January 2006, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy VIC Australia


Land Marks, 9 February 06 – 11 July 06, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC Australia


Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin NT Australia


Billy Benn Perrurle was included in the inaugural hang of the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne VIC


‘From Little Things Big Things Grow: Gather round people, I’ll tell you a story.’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT Australia


Desert Mob, Araluen Precinct, Alice Springs NT Australia


Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT Australia


Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC Australia


Australian Culture Now, National Gallery of Victoria Australia


Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT Australia


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC Australia

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NSW Australia

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT Australia

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia



31 2 Artlink Indigenous (Mandarin), Published on Jun 28, 2013, Complete issue translated into Mandarin for Chinese audience - Artlink Indigenous: Beauty and Terror 2011, p72-73


Billy Benn, Authors Billy Benn Perrurle and Catherine Peattie, Essays by Ian McLean: Billy Benn, Outsider Art and Art History (p43-68), Judith Ryan, Imagination and Reality (p123-146), Translations by David Moore, Published 2011, IAD Press, ISBN 978 1 86465 116 4


Tradition Today : Indigenous Art in Australia from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Author: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Other Authors Hetti Perkins, Ken Watson, Jonathan Jones, 1st Edition 2004 - ISBN 0734763441


Arts and disability in Australia, Mary Hutchison, Arts Access Australia, Walsh Bay NSW Australia, ISBN 097513 230 X



Togart Contemporary Art Award July 2007 - Billy Benn Perrurle was selected as one of 28 finalists in the 2007 Togart Contemporary Art Award, Parliament House, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia


The Alice Prize - Winner of the prestigious 34th Alice Prize Award - 2006

Billy Benn - Artetyere, 2006 - Acrylic on linen - Alice Prize 2006

Billy Benn - Artetyere, 2006 - Acrylic on linen - Winner of the The Alice Prize 2006


2014 January

Billy Benn’s journey from hunted outlaw to celebrated artist, Herald Sun, 8 January 2014, by Meagan Dillon - Billy Benn was once a tracker, but when he fatally shot former colleague Harry Neale he became a hunted man. Meagan Dillon looks at the two-week Outback trek in search of man who in later life became a celebrated artist.

2013 April

Aboriginal Art & Culture: an American eye, Billy Benn’s Hills and Ranges, Posted on April 28, 2013

2011 April

Billy Benn - book launch. On Thursday 7 April 2011 Alcaston Gallery hosted the Melbourne launch of the new publication Billy Benn, honouring the life and art of Billy Benn Perrurle. The publication features essays by Ian McLean and Judith Ryan.

Beverly Knight, Director of Alcaston Gallery and Patron of Bindi Inc. officially launched the publication Billy Benn, with guest speakers Dr Jenny Green, Linguist, and Dr Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria.

2011 February

Billy Benn’s ‘saving grace’, 24 February 2011, by Emma Sleath, ABC Alice Springs
- “Billy Benn, in that wonderful mind of his, in that wonderful spirit of his, hung on, against great odds and came back some 40 years later, speaking his language, having in his mind ‘apmere’…his country.” Behind artist Billy Benn’s painted landscapes is a fascinating story of adversity and redemption.…

2006 March

Nicholas Rothwell in The Australian, March 2006 - Nicolas Rothwell recalls that a recent return to country in 2006, “created a seismic shift in the way Billy works. Immediately on his return to Alice Springs the effects of the journey became plain. His paintings which had been evolving in recent months away from his original, minutely detailed style suddenly took on an abrupt, expressionistic grandeur. His brushstrokes became loose and free, he painted at lightning speed, his palette shifted from his trademark softly blending pinks and mauves, to thick turbulent yellows, icy whites, deep blues that gave off a murky glow. It was not only the colour of his mountain landscapes that changed but their mood, their tone, their contour too: the far off ridges turned into tall cliff- surrounded mesas and the valleys lay between intruding ramparts like so many clefts of molten light”

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