About Pandanus Gallery
Anna & Paul La Fontaine founded Pandanus Gallery in 2009 . Anna has had an extensive career in the arts culminating in an involvement in the field over the past several years. Paul’s business career has spanned many industries including the arts but his love of Aboriginal art and avid interest in the indigenous culture has seen him become a keen student of the vast subject.
We have combined our deep interest and knowledge with a ‘sea change’ to beautiful Palm Cove where the gallery is just across the road from the beach
and the Coral Sea.
Our curating policy is to expand strong and transparent relationships with remote Aboriginal art communities and where ever possible to source works for the gallery from Aboriginal owned community art centres throughout Australia. These include:
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Injalak Arts & Crafts
Tiwi Arts & Crafts
Our objective is to represent the diversity in Aboriginal styles of art reflecting culture, law and the Dreaming. We have made important steps towards achieving this in some of the listed communities and now aim to extend this to Queensland, especially FNQ.
We individually select works which meet the highest quality in materials, execution and artistic/cultural merit. A small but exciting portion of our gallery stock represents important works from before and including the first two decades of the contemporary art movement at Papunya in the early 1970s.
We carry important works by some of the Top 50 Australian Artists and Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards and highly experienced artists in their twilight years (refer to the Artists tab), and are particularly interested in supporting emerging artists who are inspired to communicate with the world through their fine art.
Our first specific exhibition will be opened on Thursday 13 August, 2009 concurrently with CIAF (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and will feature limestone cut lithographs by Billy Missi from the Western Torres Strait. Billy has an international reputation for his beautiful lino prints but this is an exciting new step in his artistic career.