Stuart Leal Art Gallery is located in the centre of Lane Cove in the Lane Cove Arcade. Stuart has a stunning range of contemporary Indigenous Art for sale. He commissions the art directly from the artists in the Northern Territory.
Stuart currently has a range of art by the famous Numina Sisters. The Numina sisters are from Utopia in the Northern Territory. Sisters Selina, Lanita, Louise, Sharron, Jacinta and Caroline, along with their mother Barbara, are all painters.
The Stuart Leal Art Gallery is currently featuring three of the six sisters – Louise, Caroline and Selina.
One of the series featured is the Bush Medicine Series. Medicine Leaves Dreaming knowledge story is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the Peytre, Mambitji and Numina family name hold custody of the story. The series is very collectible as the paintings are stunning and flamboyant. The Bush Medicine Plant is native to Australia and grows wild in Central Australia. Bush Medicine leaves are collected put into a container and boiled with water. The paste that is extracted is mixed with Kangaroo Fat and is used for colds and flu, headaches, backaches, stomach aches or for cuts and scratches.
Louise went to primary school at Stirling Station near Tennant Creek and later studied at Yirara College in Alice Springs. Louise has lived in Darwin since 1995 when she began studying at Nungalinya College achieving a diploma in Fine Arts. She is married and has three children.
Like her sisters and mother, she comes from long line of desert painters of the Contemporary Aboriginal Art. She was taught by her famous aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre and her work is collected worldwide.
Her style is quite different to her sisters with the medicine leaves being either intricate with an amazing flowing feel or sometimes the contemporary, bold and colourful big leaf ‘Gloria style’ which exudes vibrancy and energy.
Caroline went to school on Stirling Station near Tennant Creek and like her sisters and mother, she comes from long line of desert painters of the Contemporary Aboriginal Art. She was also taught by her famous aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre.
Her style is quite different to her sisters with the medicine leaves being almost feather-like and have such a beautiful flowing feel. Many people find her work to be mesmerizing and some say therapeutic.
Caroline and her husband Daniel Pula Turner have six children and live most of their time in Darwin. They still travel regularly to the desert to see family and teach their children.
Selina went to primary school on Stirling Station near Tennant Creek then Kormilda College in Darwin. She was also taught by her famous aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre.
Selina lives between Darwin, Ti Tree and Stirling Station in the North Utopia region near Tennant Creek. Selina regularly returns back to Country to visit her mother Barbara Price Mbtitjana, a painter and cultural elder from Stirling Station.
Do yourself a favour and visit the Stuart Leal Art Gallery to see the full range. Just remember Mother’s Day is not far away.
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