Project Description

Allery Sandy

Age: 4/04/1955
Skin: Burungu
Language: Millstream Tableland
Tribe: Yindjibarndi

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Allery Sandy is the daughter of Sandy Andrews and Lila King. She was born in Roebourne, the fourth of eleven children. She has a family of two daughters and a son – Joanne, Donna and Bobby Willis. Allery’s first job was with the Community Welfare selling secondhand clothing, followed by running a play group in the community for needy children. In 1986 she was employed as the Aboriginal Islander Education worker in Roebourne Pre-primary School, followed in 1990 by teaching her own Yindjibarndi language through a LOTE (Languages Other Than English) program. In 2001 she left the school and found work with a team of women doing cooking and sewing and she is also involved in the ministry of the Aboriginal Church. Allery started painting in February 2006, enrolling in short courses in painting and design.

She has a natural talent that has progressed very quickly. Allery loves to paint the landscape of her country. She begins her works with an underpainting using sponge and brush work and then finishes off with a fine layer of dot work, creating a sense of movement and depth of field on the canvas. Allery has a number of subjects she likes to paint. She enjoys painting the bush seeds of her country, its creeks and rivers, wildflowers in season and trees that are specific to her Pilbara country. Allery loves to tell stories that were told to her by her father and grandfather. Her favorite style of painting her country is from an aerial perspective.

Allery Sandy regularly exhibits in private galleries in Fremantle and Sydney, has won a number of prizes at the Cossack Art Awards, and is represented in public and private collections. Allery has been the Chairperson of Yinjaa-Barni Art since 2006 and is a highly respected member of the Yindjibarndi community and a passionate communicator of her culture. In 2014, Allery was both a performer and Yindjibarndi language and cultural advisor for the play, “Hipbone Sticking Out”.

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Exhibition Yinjaa-Barni Art, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2009 Yinjaa-Barni Art Solo Exhibition Chalk Horse Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2010 Exhibition Yinjaa-Barni Art, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2011 Yinjaa-Barni Art Solo Exhibition Chalk Horse Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2011 Exhibition Yinjaa-Barni Art, Japingka Gallery, Perth

Group Exhibitions

2006 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Perth, WA
2007 LNG World Conference, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Perth, WA
2008 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Perth, WA
2009 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Perth, WA
2010 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Perth, WA
2011 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Perth, WA
2011 Ngurra Nyingu, Woodside, Perth, WA

Collections

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Awards

2007 Cossack Art Awards, Painting, Landscape, Oil or Acrylic
2008 Cossack Art Awards, Best Art Work by a West Australian Artist

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