Commissioned by Des Rogers, Vic Cat No. CP-001
Private Collection, Vic
Private Collection, SA
Skeletons were the only images in Clifford Possum's repertoir of the 1990s for which he did not draft out the image in chalk beforehand. He had memorised the structure of the human skeleton, bone by bone. As time went on, these figures became more stylised, though in this particular work they are startling in their realism.
The painting depicts the deaths of two sons who had angered their father, the old Blue Tongue Lizard man Lungkata, by killing a kangaroo which was sacred to him and then eating it in secret without sharing it with him. Enraged by his sons' actions Lungkata started a great bush fire at Warlugulong, in which the two brothers perished. In this rendition of the story the work is reminiscent of the earliest unadorned Papunya boards with a plain black ground.Share