Peter Los, Western Desert Aboriginal Art, WA
Private Collection, NSW
Accompanied by a photograph of the artist with the artwork
Wenten is illustrating his personal totem, the Honey Ant. The Honey Ant travelled underground to Ilyapa Tula, the little hill outside the community of Papunya, a major site of Honey Ant worship. Also illustrated are ceremonial belts and sacred objects.
Mr Rubuntja was also an acclaimed artist both in the desert “dot” style and in the westernised landscape style, inspired by watching his uncle and legendary watercolour artist Albert Namatjira at work. His paintings can be seen in the National Gallery of Australia and the Robert Holmes a Court collection, as well as the Northern Territory Gallery and the Araluen Collection in Alice Springs.
Rubuntja was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995 for “service to Aboriginal people, particularly in Central Australia”.Share