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The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer 2012

The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer 2012

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3 August - 12 September 2012

The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer

3 August – 12 September 2012

Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of two of the great colourists of the Central Desert art movement, Kudditji Kngwarreye (born c 1928) and the late Lorna Napurrula Fencer (c1924 – 2006). These two distinctive Indigenous artists are known for their large dynamic paintings, made powerful and electric by the colour they bring to their work. Their creative output has helped expand the realm of traditional story-telling and painting as expressed by Central Desert artists.

Lorna Napurrula Fencer is acknowledged as one of the great innovators of the Warlpiri art movement from Lajamanu, and was both a fierce and gentle custodian of her culture. Japingka Gallery worked closely with Lorna Napurrula during the last eight years of her life, and witnessed the great range and intensity of her paintings as she prepared work for exhibitions to be held around the country.

Lorna’s subjects included the great Napurrula-Nakamarra creation stories from her brother’s custodial site at Yurmurrpa. These ceremonial stories re-enact the myths of the Ancestors who pulled out the first yarla, or bush potato, from the earth around the underground water source at Yurmurrpa. Lorna Napurrula’s large epic canvases created in the eighth decade of her life were final and compelling statements about the power of the great Warlpiri stories that she painted for over twenty years.

The retrospective exhibition of Lorna Napurrula’s work entitled ‘Yulyurlu’ is touring nationally and has exhibited in Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Kudditji Kngwarreye is an elder of the Eastern Anmatyerre country from Alhalkere on the Utopia homelands, and was born around 1928, the younger brother of renowned Utopia artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Kudditji Kngwarreye has painted for over twenty five years, and constantly represents his traditional country around Boundary Bore on the Utopia homelands, the country for which he is a custodian. Significant throughout this country are the Emu Dreaming sites, where major men’s initiation ceremonies are performed. The Emu Dreaming is one of Kudditji’s inherited ancestral totems, and is regularly referred to in his paintings.

Kudditji’s great paintings evoke the lyrical images of his country by concentrating on the colour and form of the landscape. Using densely applied paint to create broad sweeps of colour, he creates images of the intense skies of the desert rainy season and the extreme heat of high summer. A sense of immense space can be felt in the paintings.

The work of these two great artists will be on view at Japingka Gallery from 3 August to 12 September 2012.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links:

Kudditji Kngwarreye Paintings

Lorna Napurrula Fencer Paintings

 

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Ingwe – Night at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ingwe – Night at Alhalkere

Jap 007652  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 006867  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Alhalkere – My Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Alhalkere – My Country

Jap 007654  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 006862  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 004070  |  acrylic on linen  |  140 x 89 cm

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Country – Fire Series by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Country – Fire Series

Jap 005381  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Country – Fire Series by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Country – Fire Series

Jap 005380  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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My Country – Dry Season by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  My Country – Dry Season

Jap 006881  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001527  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 72 cm

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Akeyarre – Dry time by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Akeyarre – Dry time

Jap 006171  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 90 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming

Jap 008325  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 007466  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Karli – Boomerang Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Karli – Boomerang Dreaming

Jap 001323  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 126 cm

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Yirrjirlparti Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yirrjirlparti Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001058  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 138 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001588  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 84 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 007651  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001586  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 84 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001572  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 84 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001361  |  acrylic on canvas  |  204 x 79 cm

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Water Snake by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Water Snake

Jap 001038  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 40 cm

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Alhalkere – Kwenpaye by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Alhalkere – Kwenpaye

Jap 006870  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

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Janmarra – Bush Onion by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Janmarra – Bush Onion

Jap 001305  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 66 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001556  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 84 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001149  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 98 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001582  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 83 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001416  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 99 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001565  |  acrylic on canvas  |  176 x 153 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001526  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 144 cm

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Yipandari – Kangaroo Tucker by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yipandari – Kangaroo Tucker

Jap 001413  |  acrylic on canvas  |  205 x 144 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001534  |  acrylic on canvas  |  230 x 146 cm

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Father and Son Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Father and Son Dreaming

Jap 001247  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 61 cm

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