Canberra: National Gallery of Australia

116 pages, 109 colour illustrations, 30.0 x 21.0 cm. Bibliography, Biographies, Checklist.

ISBN 0-642-54141-8


Islands in the sun, is the first major catalogue to document contemporary prints by indigenous artists from Australia and the Australasian region. The catalogue and exhibition brings together a remarkable and extensive collection of prints by artists from Arnhem Land, Bathurst and Melville Islands, Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Also included is an innovative group of collaborative works which cross traditional geographic and cultural boundaries.

The arts have flourished in each of these societies and there is now a renewed interest in traditional images, designs and narratives. New images and stories have also evolved reflecting the changing times and the introduction of new technologies. Printmaking has proved vital in making the visual arts of these cultures widely accessible. The works illustrated in the catalogue are from the extensive collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Table of Contents

  • Printmaking by Aboriginal artists by Roger Butler
    • Prints from the Tiwi Islands
    • Prints by Aboriginal artists from Arnhem Land
  • Motif etching: The history of Ilan printing by Brian Robinson
    • Prints from the Torres Strait Islands
  • Printmaking in Papua New Guinea by Melanie Eastburn
  • A Pacific accent: Polynesian printmakers in Aotearoa New Zealand by Nicholas Thomas
    • Prints by Maori artists
    • Prints by Pacific Islander artists
  • Unfamiliar territory: the art of constant translation by Nigel Lendon
    • The cross-cultural experience
  • Biographies
  • Checklist
  • Bibliography


Australian Aboriginal printmaking; Tiwi printmaking; Arnhem Land printmaking; Papua New Guinea printmaking; Ilan (Torres Strait Islands) printmaking; Polynesian printmaking; Maori printmaking; Pacific islander printmaking; Cross-cultural printmaking


Out of print