Art and AFL meld in Dinni Kunoth Kemarre and Josie Kunoth Petyarre’s Bush Footy. Since 2006, the husband and wife ‘team Kunoth’ have been celebrating the role of Australian Football in Central Australian communities. Based on the characteristics and personalities of his favourite AFL players, Kemarre’s painted wooden sculptures express his passion for the game. Such enthusiasm is shared by Petyarre whose paintings of football ‘bush-style’ show community gatherings of players and extended families, trucks, and dogs against a rich field of red sand.
Opening within days of the AFL Grand Final, the Art Gallery of South Australia invites football fans to ‘meet’ their favourite players and make their own sculptures in the ‘Bush Footy’ Studio.
Image: Josie Kunoth Petyarre, Anmatyerre people, Northern Territory, Football Alice Springs, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on linen. Courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries. photo: Saul Steed.