Rosella Namok: ''Paint Up and Dance!''

Nearly ten years since her first Houston exhibition, Australian aboriginal artist Rosella Namok returns with her first solo show here, ''Paint Up and Dance!'' The exhibit features large-scale paintings done in her signature style of strong lines and brilliant colors. Namok drags her fingers through thick, wet paint to create patterns and scenes inspired by her ancestral country, such as in the rich, ribbed blue of Full Moon. A member of the Lockhart River ''Art Gang,'' the nickname given to aboriginal artists who came out of north Queensland in the late 1990s, Namok recently had two of her paintings featured in the Houston Ballet's The Rite of Spring, which was choreographed by fellow Australian Stanton Welch. Both landscapes, the two paintings — ''Stinging Rain'' and ''Marks on Sand, after King Tide'' — were originally 47''x75'' each; they were re-created as 35'x65' backdrops.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 6. Continues through April 20, 2013
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