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Paddy Japaljarri Stewart

Walawurru Eagle Dreaming - 2002

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
101.0 x 91.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,120.00

MP #798


Warlukurlangu Artists, NT Cat. No. 409/02
Cooee Art Gallery, NSW Cat. No. 982
Adrian and Anne Newstead Collection, NSW

accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Warlukurlangu Artists

Paddy Stewart was present during the crucial early period in the emergence of Western Desert art at Papunya, however, he moved to settle at Yuendumu, 100 kilometres to the north and closer to his traditional Warlpiri homelands soon after. More than ten years later he was instrumental in the art movement that sprang up there.


In 1984, senior men, painted ancestral designs on the school doors at Yuendumu. Of the total 30 doors that were painted, Paddy Stewart painted eighteen and three more in collaboration with others.

In 1989 Paddy was amongst those who created a ground painting installation in Paris for the exhibition ‘Magiciens de la Terre’(Magicians of the Earth). The group received much attention and acclaim and Paddy’s work was thereafter included in major exhibitions and collections around the world.

This painting depicts a story that belongs to Wakurlpa and Yuwarli, north of Yuendumu. At Yuwarli, the site depicted in this canvas, an eagle made a mina (nest) in a tree and laid ngipiri (eggs). From this place the eagle would fly around searching for prey. the nest can be seen in the centre of the picture surrounded by the eagles wirliya (tracks). Another name for this carnivorous bird is Wangkangarnu and it is capable of eating baby kangaroos and emus. Ngatirri lies near Purturlu and is another place the eagle lands. It also flew to Elisqarti (quarti means egg and elis means eagle).