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Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

Water Dreaming - Kalipinpa - 1982

synthetic polymer paint on board
97.0 x 62.0 cm
Price Realised: $6,325.00

MP #129


Painted at Kintore, NT
Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. JW821033
Private Collection, NSW
This paintings is sold with a Papunya Tula Artists certificate.


Coo-ee Art, Re-Collected, May 2013

Warangkula was amongst the most inventive of the early Papunya artists. His ‘calligraphic line and smearing brushwork’ *, gave a relative solidity to the features of the land, tracing the movements of a journey and picking up on the rhythmic recall of a mythic narrative. Bands of hatching or parallel lines provided visual texture, often interspersed with animal tracks or symbolic figures woven into tightly synchronised compositions that still resound with freshness and surprising spontaneity. Choosing to keep within the hues of traditional earth based ochres, he achieved in his early paintingss a startlingly powerful statement of the earth, his country and the life within it.


* Geoff Bardon in Isaacs, J. 2001. Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula c.1925-2001. Art in Australia 31(1).