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Dot Code: Desert Artists

Dot Code: Desert Artists

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14 February – 26 March, 2014

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Dot Code: Desert Artists

14 February – 26 March, 2014

The laetst exhibition titled  ‘Dot Code’ presents a range of Central and Western Desert artists whose work typifies a variety of styles and approaches used within the dot painting genre. The use of dot painting emerged from traditional designs that were part of carved artefacts, sand paintings and ceremonial body painting.

The early works transferred from these ritual sources and created on board and canvas initially came from Papunya, which then moved with people to other desert communities at Kintore and Kiwirrkura, then to Yuendumu, Haasts Bluff, Mt Liebig, Utopia and Balgo.

Artists from the Pintupi regions of Kintore and Kiwirrkura include Walangkura Napanangka, Patrick Tjungurrayi and Tatali Napurrula. Further east at Haasts Bluff and Mt Liebig, artists include Wentja Napaltjarri, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Lilly Kelly Napangardi, Topsy Peterson Napangardi and Eva Nelson Napaltjarri. From Utopia exhibiting artists include Cowboy Loy Pwerl, Abie Loy Kemarre, Polly Ngale and Nancy Petyarre.

The variety in stylistic approaches from artists from these communities gives us some idea of the diversity of great paintings from the region. The exhibition is on display from 14 February to 26 March 2014.

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

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Untitled – Tingari and Country by Patrick Tjungurrayi

Patrick Tjungurrayi  |  Untitled – Tingari and Country

Jap 009657  |  acrylic on linen  |  208 x 120 cm

Ngadajirri – Budgerigar Dreaming by Eva Nelson Napaltjarri

Eva Nelson Napaltjarri   |  Ngadajirri – Budgerigar Dreaming

Jap 009648  |  180 x 120 cm  |  acrylic on linen

My Country – Mt Liebig by Topsy Peterson Napangardi

Topsy Peterson Napangardi  |  My Country – Mt Liebig

Jap 009650  |  200 x 200 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Country & Rockholes near the Olgas by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri  |  Country & Rockholes near the Olgas

Jap 009966  |  acrylic on linen  |  265 x 181 cm

My Country – Mt Liebig by Topsy Peterson Napangardi

Topsy Peterson Napangardi  |  My Country – Mt Liebig

Jap 009660  |  90 x 90 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Awelye – Body Paint by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 009646  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Rockholes and Sandhills West of Kintore by Wentja Napaltjarri

Wentja Napaltjarri  |  Rockholes and Sandhills West of Kintore

Jap 009992  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 122 cm

Kame – Pencil Yam Seed by Maureen Purvis Kngwarreye

Maureen Purvis Kngwarreye  |  Kame – Pencil Yam Seed

Jap 005328  |  90 x 60 cm  |  acrylic on canvas

Tali – Sandhills by Tatali Napurrula

Tatali Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 009659  |  180 x 120 cm  |  acrylic on linen

My Country – Hailstorm by Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre  |  My Country – Hailstorm

Jap 004038  |  120 x 120 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerl

Cowboy Loy Pwerl  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 008956  |  122 x 76 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 009959  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Ngapa Water Dreaming by Kay Rebuntja Napurrula

Kay Rebuntja Napurrula  |  Ngapa Water Dreaming

Jap 009654  |  60 x 120 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Tali – Sandhills by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 009651  |  150 x 150 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerl

Cowboy Loy Pwerl  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 009647  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Rockholes West of Kintore by Wentja Napaltjarri

Wentja Napaltjarri   |  Rockholes West of Kintore

Jap 009920  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 92 cm

Awekety – Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Awekety – Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 009658  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Tali – Sandhills by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 009653  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 120 cm

Tali – Sand Dunes by Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson

Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson   |  Tali – Sand Dunes

Jap 009970  |  91 x 61 cm  |  acrylic on linen

Tali – Sandhills by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 009652  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Body Paint by Margaret Turner Petyarre

Margaret Turner Petyarre  |  Body Paint

Jap 004654  |  acrylic on linen  |  94 x 90 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 009661  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 120 cm

Mother by Jorna Newberry

Jorna Newberry  |  Mother

Jap 008314  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 009662  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 120 cm

Sandhills at Mina Mina by Julie Nangala Robinson

Julie Nangala Robinson  |  Sandhills at Mina Mina

Jap 006933  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Sandhills by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi   |  Sandhills

Jap 000610  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Men by Louis Pwerle

Louis Pwerle  |  Men

Jap 005384  |  acrylic on linen  |  130 x 86 cm

My Country by Noel Ross Napaltjarri

Noel Ross Napaltjarri  |  My Country

Jap 009656  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Ngadajirri – Budgerigar Dreaming by Eva Nelson Napaltjarri

Eva Nelson Napaltjarri   |  Ngadajirri – Budgerigar Dreaming

Jap 009649  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Rockholes near the Olgas by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri  |  Rockholes near the Olgas

Jap 009965  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 92 cm

Yam Seed and Emu Tucker by Dolly Mills Petyarre

Dolly Mills Petyarre  |  Yam Seed and Emu Tucker

Jap 000151  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 120 cm

Minyma Inmaku – Women by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri  |  Minyma Inmaku – Women

Jap 008411  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 91 cm

Arnkerrthe – Mountain Lizard Dreaming by Nancy Kunoth Petyarre

Nancy Kunoth Petyarre  |  Arnkerrthe – Mountain Lizard Dreaming

Jap 009655  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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