Gooch's Utopia

Flinders University touring exhibition
Curator: Fiona Salmon, Director, Flinders University Art Museum

This touring exhibition draws on indigenous art collected by the late Rodney Gooch (1949-2002) who settled in Central Australia in his early 30s.

Gooch was deeply engaged with the production and sale of art from Utopia, a tract of land located some 240km north-east of Alice Springs. His personal collection is well recognised as significant within the field of Australian Aboriginal Art.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Flinders University Art Museum (Adelaide) and the Riddoch Art Gallery (Mt Gambier). Gooch divided, then generously donated, his collection of approximately 600 works to these institutions.

The exhibition comprises 52 works and is accompanied by a DVD and full colour catalogue. Artists include Emily Kame Kgwarreye, Kathleen Petyarre, Lucky Morton K Kngwarreye, Annie Mpetyane, Hazel Kngwarreye and Ada Bird Petyarre.


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Ada Bird Petyarre
Eastern Anmatyerr born c. 1930
Awely (Women's Ceremony) 1997
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
190.5 x 184 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3859
© courtesy the artist

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Mary Kemarre
Alyawarr born c. 1925
Star Dreaming: Still Chasing Seven Sisters 1998
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
88.5 x 71.5 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3500
© Courtesy the artist


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Kathleen Petyarre
Eastern Anmatyerr born c. 1940
Untitled (from the Utopia Suite) 1990
single block woodcut, 45 x 30 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3668
© Kathleen Petyarre, Licensed by Gallerie Australis, Australia, 20080

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Rodney Gooch
1949 - 2002
Wild Flowers to give to children if they go to bed early and if they wake early 1988
synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3859
© courtesy the artist


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Ada Bird Petyarre
Eastern Anmatyerr born c. 1930
Awely (Women's Ceremony) 1999
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
122 x 91.5 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3578
© Courtesy the artist


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Katy Kemarre
Alyawarr born c. 1943
Fighting the Bluecoats 1999
synthetic polymer paint on
119 x 44.5 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3872
© Courtesy the artist

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Billy Morton Petyarre
Alyawarr born c. 1930-2007
Untitled (triptych) 1999
synthetic polymer paint on composite board
122 x 46 cm each panel
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3553, 3554, 3555
© courtesy the artist

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Billy Morton Petyarre
Alyawarr born c. 1930-2007
Untitled 1999
synthetic polymer paint on paper,
94.5 x 69 cm
Gift of Rodney Gooch (The Rodney Gooch Personal Collection)
Flinders University Art Museum 3666
© courtesy the artist