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Ikuntji artists is a small art centre full of artistic genius. It’s located in Haasts Bluff, an aboriginal micro-community of 150 inhabitants in the desert in the middle of Australia. The nearest city is Alice Springs, accessible by 4×4 and 3h1/5 hours ride away. The panorama around the community is spectacular. Very close to the national park of West MacDonnel, the rocky mountains, vertiginous gorges and vast valleys trace the landscape. We may easily envy the people living in Haasts Bluff for living each day in such a magical setting.
Ikuntji artists is known for its paintings with vibrant colors and modern compositions. Chrischona Schmidt, the manager of the centre, is working on making creations by Ikuntji artists recognized as “contemporary” and not only “aboriginal” art. Around 10 artists work in the art centre. Their paintings are presented internationally and the artists themselves participate in events all around the world. The centre recently welcomed Julien Malland, also known as “Seth”, a famous french street artist. He worked with the painters of Ikuntji on wall paintings, still visible on the walls of the centre and the school :
Discovering Ikuntji artists was a key step for me in my travels. I discovered great artists with an immense creative force, producing canvases with breathtaking colors. The canvases are often very abstract, with star patterns and stripes, circles and squares. The compositions are simple but well organized with force and genius, everything seem based on rhythm and color. We often say that simplicity is the biggest beauty that only true talent can manage. Ikuntji artists give us a good example of such beauty.