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Landmarks and Law Grounds

Landmarks and Law Grounds

Gallery 1

April 12, 2013 - May 22, 2013

Landmarks and Law Grounds

Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert

Gallery 1 Apr 12, 2013 – May 22, 2013

When 35 senior male Aboriginal artists paint the great stories of their ancestral lands, the stories are bound to be vast and impressive. Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of significant Men’s paintings that focus on Landmarks of identity – places and sites that mark out identity in the homelands of the artists. The locations cover sites from the north-west Kimberley to the Western and Central Deserts.

When three brothers Walimpirrnga, Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri came into the settlement of Kiwirrkura nearly thirty years ago, with their family group of nine people, they were amongst the last to leave their Pintupi desert homelands and nomadic life in the Gibson Desert.

They had roamed the waterholes around Lake Mackay, along the border country between Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and had lived their traditional connection to the Dreamtime sires of their ancestors. It is these ancient Pintupi Dreaming stories that the three brothers now paint, transferring onto canvas what they previously expressed by drawing in the sand and by painting their bodies for ceremonies.

Senior Aboriginal artists of the Kimberley – Freddie Timms, Rover Thomas, Jack Britten, Paddy Bedford and Jack Dale – had grown up surrounded by the cattle station culture on the Kimberley grasslands, and had lived lives as stockmen working the large pastoral leases around their home country. By absorbing the distinctive features of terrain, soil type and geographic markers on the land, these men later painted in ochre the large planar maps of the country that also made reference to the Ngarrangkarni or Dreaming events that took place here.

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri joined the Aboriginal art movement only in the last four years of his long life. His paintings depict the ancestral white cockatoo Dreaming story of his birthplace, Pirupa Alka, near the Olgas in Central Australia. This is the Creation story for the Country and landforms that Bill Whiskey painted – the cockatoo embodied in a large and brilliant white rock, and the eagle as a tall rocky outcrop, sites now known as Katamala Cone.

The narrative exists as an ancient Dreaming specific to the Pitjantjatjara people of the Kata Tjuta region, but it was not one which had been previously painted. It is a narrative for which Bill Whiskey devised a specific iconography, created using the general conventions of Western Desert painting. The creative output of his impressive paintings formed a new chapter in the very ancient lineage of Aboriginal art.

The extensive stories that underlie these profound artworks give a depth to the artistic heritage that is on show in the exhibition Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert at Japingka Gallery until 22 May 2013.

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri
Rover Thomas
Walala Tjapaltjarri
Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Jack Dale
Freddie Timms
George Ward
Jimmy Pike
Kudditji Kngwarreye
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

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Rockholes near the Olgas by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri  |  Rockholes near the Olgas

Jap 004758  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 153 cm

Police Rock Hole by Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford  |  Police Rock Hole

Jap 008952  |  ochre on canvas  |  135 x 122 cm

Kilyawananya by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Kilyawananya

Jap 008953  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Rockholes near the Olgas by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri  |  Rockholes near the Olgas

Jap 004735  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 92 cm

Tingari by Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 008837  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Rockholes near the Olgas by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri  |  Rockholes near the Olgas

Jap 004733  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

Tingari by Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Thomas Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 008689  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 122 cm

Tingari by Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Thomas Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 008355  |  acrylic on linen  |  225 x 150 cm

Purnululu by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Purnululu

Jap 004591  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 60 cm

Tingari by Walimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Walimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 008591  |  acrylic on linen  |  179 x 117 cm

Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerl

Cowboy Loy Pwerl  |  Turkey Dreaming

Jap 008954  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 76 cm

Water Dreaming by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa  |  Water Dreaming

Jap 004695  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 92 cm

Boab Tree and Cave by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Boab Tree and Cave

Jap 004772  |  ochre on canvas  |  205 x 135 cm

Daytime Moon by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Daytime Moon

Jap 006169  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  91 x 67 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerl

Cowboy Loy Pwerl  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 008956  |  122 x 76 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Orso Yard- Texas by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Orso Yard- Texas

Jap 006426  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Tingari – Karrkurritinytja (Lake MacDonald) by George Ward Tjungurrayi

George Ward Tjungurrayi  |  Tingari – Karrkurritinytja (Lake MacDonald)

Jap 006194  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Country – Fire Series by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Country – Fire Series

Jap 005379  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Yawilura by Neville Mcarthur

Neville Mcarthur  |  Yawilura

Jap 004768  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 102 cm

Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming) by Jimmy Baker

Jimmy Baker  |  Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming)

Jap 004931  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 121 cm

Spirit Figure in Fathers Country by Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford  |  Spirit Figure in Fathers Country

Jap 006131  |  ochre an canvas board  |  92 x 60 cm

Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III

Jap 008969  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  75 x 54.5 cm

Purkitji by Frank Clancy

Frank Clancy  |  Purkitji

Jap 004790  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Spinifex Men by Fred Grant, Roy Underwood, L. Walker

Fred Grant, Roy Underwood, L. Walker  |  Spinifex Men

Jap 006565  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 167 cm

Yunala by Ray James Tjangala

Ray James Tjangala  |  Yunala

Jap 008695  |  acrylic on linen  |  112 x 102 cm

Country by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi

George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi  |  Country

Jap 004747  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 140 cm

Bedford Station by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Bedford Station

Jap 006654  |  ochre on board  |  183 x 91.5 cm

Adavale by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Adavale

Jap 005852  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

Tingari by Walimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Walimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 008917  |  acrylic on linen  |  244 x 183 cm

Tingari by Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Thomas Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 008029  |  acrylic on linen  |  212 x 91 cm

Kurtal Storm Clouds by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal Storm Clouds

Jap 000118  |  ochre on canvas  |  94 x 150 cm

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