You Get The Picture (Solo Exhibition)
01 September - 31 December 2018
Vincent paints stories from the Dreaming… his art represents a story and a “spiritual legacy” for his descendants. Vincent often uses the traditional methods of preparing natural ground-up paint made at Uluru. The same traditional colours used for ceremonial body paint.
Artist, Vincent Forrester is sitting on the ground at his home in Alice Springs, blending a mixture of ochre, saliva and binder to create a rich red paste.
He applies the paste to a large canvas, stretched out in front of him, working slowly across its surface, with both ends of a sable brush.
“This is my country,” he explains, pointing to the two large amorphous shapes, which dominate the centre of the canvas. “Uluru and Kata Tjuta, where my people originally came from.”
Growing up as a stockman and station hand, Vincent came to know his country intimately. His grandfather’s showed him the landscape and told him the stories, associated with his country and Alice Springs, where he became the Aboriginal historian of the area. His grandmother’s showed him bush foods and bush medicine for both Luritja and Aranda country. It was in his teens when working as a cattleman, that the tourism industry was in its infancy and Vincent began working as a tour guide. He later became a very popular guide at Kings Canyon, a ranger at Uluru/Kata Juta National Park and later a specialist guide at Alice Springs Desert Park.
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With Vincent’s spiritual connection to the land, his identity as a story teller and tour guide, served him in good stead when he began painting in the early 1990s. He painted stories from the Dreamtime. He has said that his art represents a story and a “spiritual legacy” for his descendants.
Originally, he used acrylic paints, but then started working using natural ground-up paint made at Uluṟu.
Like many other male ochre artists before him - the most well known being Rover Thomas, George Mung Mung, Jack Britten, and Hector Jandany, Forrester differed from the predominant ochre artists, in that he doesn’t come from the Kimberly (specifically Warmun) but rather, grew up as a ‘towny’ in Alice Springs.
Forrester used the traditional methods, tools and techniques ‘where he would grind natural pigments into powder form, and then mixed with a binder to become a thick, sticky paint. These colours that Vincent uses in his paintings are the traditional colours used for ceremonial body paint.
Author: Stephen Lacey, 2007