On Wednesday May 23, 2007, Mbantua Gallery owner Tim Jennings attended a Lawson-Menzies auction in Sydney and made history in the art world by acquiring a work by Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The piece is titled Earth’s Creation and sold for $1,056,000, the highest price at that time ever paid for a work of Australian Aboriginal Art and the highest price ever paid for a female artist in this country!
Measuring a stunning 2.7 metres high and 6.3 metres wide in total (consisting of four panels), the painting is the pièce de résistance of the Mbantua Collection. Like no other single work, Earth’s Creation showcases Emily’s artistic verve, and demonstrates her bold self-assuredness, total lack of self-consciousness and complete certainty when approaching a work on this monumental scale. In its creative spontaneity, ethereal movement, genius of colour complexity, evocative power and stylistic realization, it can be compared in turn to the work of international masters, Pollock, Kandinsky, Matisse, de Kooning and Monet.
Mbantua Aboriginal Art Gallery is one of the leaders in the sales and promotions of authentic Australian Aboriginal art both within Australia and worldwide. When you buy a piece of Aboriginal art from us you can be assured you are buying from a gallery dedicated to showcasing the wonderful artwork and traditions of the Indigenous peoples of our land.