Monday, June 17, 2024

Last Chance to See D’Lan Contemporary's Exhibition of Australian First Nations Artist Daniel Walbidi in New York Gallery Ends tod

Last Chance to See
D’Lan Contemporary's Exhibition
of Australian First Nations Artist
Daniel Walbidi
in New York Gallery

Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)
April 25 – June 15, 2024 in NYC

Daniel Walbidi, Winpa, 2023, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 80.7 x 67.1 inches (205 x 170.5 cm). © Daniel Walbidi c/o Short St Gallery, 2024.

New York, NY — June 12, 2024 — D’Lan Contemporary's inaugural exhibition ‘Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)' by Yulparitja / Mangala contemporary artist Daniel Walbidi is closing on Saturday, June 15th at the Australian gallery’s new space at 25 East 73rd Street in New York. This sellout exhibition, featuring 10 new paintings by Walbidi, has had a successful run since the opening of the gallery's new space on April 26, 2024.
This exhibition follows the successful launch of D’Lan Contemporary's first New York space in May 2023, where the gallery hosted its first exhibition of Daniel Walbidi, marking Walbidi’s premiere in NYC. ‘Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)’  presents a new body of larger-scale works and delves deeper into Walbidi’s personal beliefs and cultural perspectives grounded in the land. This marks the D’Lan Contemporary’s second collaboration with Walbidi and the artist’s primary representative Emily Rohr and Short St. Gallery (Broome, Western Australia), highlighting the significant demand and appreciation for Australian First Nations art in the global art market.
Daniel Walbidi creates art that acts as a bridge to the spiritual and ancient wisdom of the desert, deeply rooted in Australian First Nations’ perceptions of reality and the importance of land acknowledgment. Employing a vivid, layered abstract style, he explores profound questions about life through this new body of work. With water as a central theme, Daniel mirrors the fusion of coastal and desert environments through an intense color palette, offering a visual narrative that pays homage to his Yulparitja/Mangala heritage.
“My ambition is not only to be a successful artist but also to be someone who is able to make our culture​ known and understood and to give a different perspective​ of what land is to Aboriginal people. The laws of the land extend to New York. There is a long tradition through the​ Native American community, which I often think about​… The fundamental laws for existence are all written in the land.​ My aim is to share our perspective because it will shift the approach and understanding of Western people. If you are born in the land, you are of the land,” says Walbidi.
Daniel Walbidi is from Bidyadanga, a coastal community 250km south of Broome, Western Australia, home to the Karrajarri people. Originally the La Grange Mission, this remote area in Western Australia served as a settlement for Indigenous people migrating from the desert to assist in building cattle stations. “Daniel's upbringing fostered a deep appreciation for his people’s traditions and cross-cultural connections. As we prepare to see Daniel’s paintings grace the walls of our new space in New York, his art and words offer a poignant reflection on the importance of preservation and the enduring resilience of Australian First Nations cultures,” says Lucy Foster, Gallery Manager of D’Lan Contemporary, New York.
D’Lan Contemporary was founded in 2016 by D’Lan Davidson, a leading international Australian First Nations art consultant, dealer, and gallerist. The gallery has since dedicated itself to showcasing exceptional works of art by leading and emerging Australian First Nations artists globally. Since first discovering Daniel's work during his tenure at Sotheby’s Australia, D’Lan has been determined to collaborate with the artist and showcase his remarkable paintings to a broader audience. “Following Daniel’s first sellout solo exhibition in New York last year, we are thrilled to welcome him back to reveal an exciting new body of work in his artistic journey. Our expansion and second collaboration with Daniel is a testament to the momentum in his work and the growing appreciation and appetite for Australian First Nations art internationally,” saysDavidson.
The Australian gallery’s opening of a second space in New York signals a new direction in programming strategy. This additional space will present curated exhibitions featuring living Australian First Nations artists, alongside a schedule of events and educational talk programming. The 81st Street location will remain open by appointment with a focus on exhibiting exceptional secondary market works of art for private sale.
‘Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)’ will be on view through Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 11 AM to 6 PM. The opening reception took place on Thursday, April 25, where the artist was present and participated in a discussion with his primary representative, Emily Rohr of Short St. Gallery, hosted by D’Lan Davidson and New York Gallery Manager, Lucy Foster.
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About Daniel Walbidi         
Daniel Walbidi (b. 1983) is from a small coastal community 250km south of Broome called Bidyadanga, the traditional homeland of the Karrajarri people. Formerly La Grange Mission, it is where people were brought into from the desert to help build the cattle stations there. This is how Daniel's desert parents came to live at the coast. Bidyadanga has five tribes living within the community. Daniel says, "We all speak and understand each other's languages and live together as one big family."
At the age of 16, Daniel actively sought to exhibit his work. He was painting on wood boards, old doors, off cuts and anything he could find to express himself. He urged the elderly people in the community to start painting so that he could learn about his people's history and cultural background. He has since become initiated and continues to paint and exhibit his work around Australia.
Taking colors from nature—both from the desert and the ocean—Walbidi’s artistic practice has been deeply rooted in Australian First Nations perceptions of reality and the importance of land acknowledgement, as well as his people's traditional teachings and experiences.

Walbidi won the painting prize at the National Indigenous Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory in 2014. He was named among the Top 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists by Australian Art Collector in 2011. His work has been collected by significant institutions and exhibited globally including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). A documentary titled "Desert Heart," showcasing his work and his people's story, aired on ABC in March 2008. He continues to display a complex understanding of his traditional country in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia.
About D’Lan Contemporary
D’Lan Contemporary was founded by D'Lan Davidson in Melbourne, Australia in 2016; a leading art consultant, dealer, and gallerist specialising in Australian First Nations art for over 20 years. Representing Australia's most dynamic art movement, D’Lan Contemporary presents regular exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by leading Australian First Nations artists alongside a program of educational talks and events, to celebrate and promote the rich art and culture of the country's first peoples.
In 2023, D'Lan Contemporary expanded to New York’s Upper East Side, enabling the gallery to further foster awareness of and appreciation for Australian First Nations art internationally. The 81st Street location will continue to operate by appointment, focusing on private sales of outstanding secondary market artworks.
D’Lan Contemporary maintains strict ethical practices and exclusively exhibits and sells works of art with impeccable provenance to protect the artist, the buyer, and the market from fraudulent sales or unethical procurement.
The gallery is committed to creating a sustainable marketplace and generating positive industry change; the gallery gives back 30% of its net profits to communities.
D’Lan Contemporary New York (73rd Street Location)
Tuesday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM
25 East 73rd Street
Upper East Side
New York NY 10021
D’Lan Contemporary New York (81st Street Location)
Appointment Only
4 East 81st Street
Upper East Side
New York NY 10028
D’Lan Contemporary Melbourne
Tuesday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM
Saturday, 11 AM–4 PM (during exhibitions)
Wurundjeri Country
40 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
VIC 3000
Social Media
Instagram: @dlancontemporary
YouTube: @dlancontemporary
About Short St. Gallery
Established in 1998, Short St. Gallery, located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome, Western Australia, is the country's leading contemporary Art Gallery specialising in Aboriginal Art. The gallery sources works ​directly from remote Indigenous communities and Art Centres from the Kimberley, Tiwi Islands, the APY and NG Lands, Central Desert, Pilbara and throughout regional Australia.
The gallery seeks to educate and proudly showcase the stylistic diversity of the different cultures which make up Australia. From the saltwater to the freshwater, to the desert people, Short St. Gallery offers a glimpse at the sophisticated and dynamic landscape which is Australian art.
Short St. Gallery represents over 15 different artists directly and over 100 artists through their art centres, including the acclaimed Yulparitja/Mangala artist, Daniel Walbidi.


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