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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Fire Dreaming - 1996

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 91.0 cm
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MP #740


Provenance

Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. WT9603101
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 5841
Ebes Collection, Vic

 

accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists

Warlimpirrnga had been living west of Lake Mackay before his small family group walked into the Pintupi community of Kiwirrkurra, where their relatives lived, in 1984. Prior to that, they had had no contact with European Australians, though they were aware of their presence. His Pintupi relatives had almost all been brought out of the Gibson Desert decades earlier by the infamous 'Pintupi Patrols', forcing them to settle in Haasts Bluff and Papunya. He commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1987. The following year, he had his first solo exhibition at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne.

 

This painting depicts the Fire Dreaming at the site of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). In mythological times two men were hunting for Kangaroos in the area. They lit a fire to flush out the Kangaroos.