Jila Arts is owned by Conelius Johansen and Mandy Millar. Corney was born in Katherine and was introduced to art very early; his mother was an Artist painting Portraits and Bird life. Corney can remember a mural painted on the wall at the Family home. He started working with Artists in Katherine in 2004 mainly artists from the Lagamanu Community, Artist like Lorna Fencer, Barney Ellagar and Paddy Fordham painted for him. Mandy & Corney built the business and in October of 2008 moved to Alice Springs. Where they worked with other Art dealers and artists concentrating on Contemporary Art from the Central and Western desert regions around Alice Springs.
In September 2012 they bought a Gallery in the Mall and set up Jila Arts.
Water is considered to be a living thing a Jila. Some are inhabited by powerful ancestral beings. Many Jilas are linked by Dreaming Tracks that connect the countries.
Corny and Mandy still work with the Artist's in the Studio. The Artists can paint here in a safe environment and have lots of fun.
They have formed ongoing relationships. "Dealing with the Artists is not just buying the Art. It is an education for both us and the artists support and patience is needed by both parties".
About our Artwork
We take great pride in representing a large range of high quality artworks by highly talented indigenous artists from affordable to highly collectable investment paintings.
All our paintings come with Certificate of Authenticity detailing the artists Biography and photographs of the Artist holding your painting.
The paintings are painted on Belgium Linen with Acrylic paints. The Linen has been primed sized and stretched before the artist paints on it. This is an excellent surface for your painting and makes our paintings a standard size (cheaper to frame).
There is alot of work that goes into your painting before the artist starts the painting.