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Warlpiri Star Gazers

Warlpiri Star Gazers

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21 November – 31 January 2015

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Warlpiri Star Gazers

Aboriginal art is closely identified with astute observations of the land and the attributes of the natural world. This includes knowledge of water resources, native plants and animals as food sources, seasons and changes in habitat. Aboriginal people have great traditional skills at tracking and reading the land for signs that help in the task of living off the land.

Equally knowledge of the skies and of the stars assists in understanding the cycles of change seen in the natural world. This knowledge was critical for understanding how the calendar year and cycle of seasons was progressing. There is a direct correlation in Aboriginal world between the stars and the food cycle on the land. Much of this knowledge is captured in the songs and ceremonies passed down through generations, and in the contemporary Aboriginal paintings.

Warlpiri speaking people of the Tanami Desert shared in these ancient cultural traditions. Their paintings of the Jukurrpa or Dreaming law depicted all aspects of this knowledge, including Water Dreaming, Star Dreaming, Emu Dreaming, and a host of other Jukurrpa. These law stories are passed down along family lines with set custodial hierarchies.

The current exhibition captures some of the range of Warlpiri Jukurrpa Dreaming stories from artists of Nyirripi and Yuendumu, covering the natural world from the sky to the land. The exhibition runs from 21st November through to January 2015.

Paintings include combined works by the men’s and women’s groups that show the interconnected custodial ties of the traditional owners.

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Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa by Christine Napanangka Michaels

Christine Napanangka Michaels  |  Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa

Jap 011126  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 008764  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 91 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010887  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 107 cm

Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 008763  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 91 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010780  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 61 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010890  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 91 cm

Malikijarra Jukurrpa – Two Dogs by Murdie Nampijinpa Morris

Murdie Nampijinpa Morris  |  Malikijarra Jukurrpa – Two Dogs

Jap 010877  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Nola Napangardi Wilson Fisher

Nola Napangardi Wilson Fisher  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010898  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 91 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010888  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 91 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010986  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 91 cm

Yumari Jukurrpa by Walter Jangala Brown

Walter Jangala Brown  |  Yumari Jukurrpa

Jap 010879  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

Vaughan Springs Dreaming by Nancy Napurrurla Dickson

Nancy Napurrurla Dickson  |  Vaughan Springs Dreaming

Jap 010880  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 30 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming (triptych) by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming (triptych)

Jap 008635  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

Water Dreaming – Mikanji by Lola Nampijinpa Brown

Lola Nampijinpa Brown  |  Water Dreaming – Mikanji

Jap 010886  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 61 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Athena Nangala Granites

Athena Nangala Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010881  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 46 cm

Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Nola Napangardi Wilson Fisher

Nola Napangardi Wilson Fisher  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010897  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 76 cm

Water Dreaming – Mikanji by Ada Nangala Dixon

Ada Nangala Dixon  |  Water Dreaming – Mikanji

Jap 010894  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 107 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Athena Nangala Granites

Athena Nangala Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010882  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 46 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010778  |  acrylic on linen  |  46 x 46 cm

Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi by Valda Napangardi Granites

Valda Napangardi Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi

Jap 010884  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 46 cm

Water Dreaming – Mikanji by Stephanie Napurrurla Nelson

Stephanie Napurrurla Nelson  |  Water Dreaming – Mikanji

Jap 010421  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 30 cm

Water Dreaming – Mikanji by Stephanie Napurrurla Nelson

Stephanie Napurrurla Nelson  |  Water Dreaming – Mikanji

Jap 010420  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 30 cm

Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Valerie Napurrurla Morris

Valerie Napurrurla Morris  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010895  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010777  |  acrylic on linen  |  46 x 46 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010779  |  acrylic on linen  |  46 x 46 cm

Desert Oak Dreaming – Mina Mina by Maisie Nungarrayi Ward

Maisie Nungarrayi Ward  |  Desert Oak Dreaming – Mina Mina

Jap 010891  |  acrylic on linen  |  46 x 46 cm

Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Valerie Napurrurla Morris

Valerie Napurrurla Morris  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010883  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa by Joy Napangardi Michaels

Joy Napangardi Michaels  |  Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa

Jap 010893  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 30 cm

Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 010435  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 30 cm

Water Dreaming – Puyurru by Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson

Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson  |  Water Dreaming – Puyurru

Jap 010438  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 46 cm

Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Valerie Napurrurla Morris

Valerie Napurrurla Morris  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010896  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 91 cm

Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Shonelle Napurrurla Stafford

Shonelle Napurrurla Stafford  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010878  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 30 cm

Vaughan Springs Dreaming by Lola Nampijinpa Brown

Lola Nampijinpa Brown  |  Vaughan Springs Dreaming

Jap 010885  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 010901  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 46 cm

Honey Ant Dreaming by Cynthia Nakamarra Wheeler

Cynthia Nakamarra Wheeler  |  Honey Ant Dreaming

Jap 010431  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 30 cm

Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi by Samantha Napurrurla Gibson

Samantha Napurrurla Gibson  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi

Jap 010892  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 30 cm

Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi by Kelly Napangardi Michaels

Kelly Napangardi Michaels  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi

Jap 010876  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 30 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 008634  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 76 cm

Water Dreaming – Mikanji by Juliette Nampijinpa Brown

Juliette Nampijinpa Brown  |  Water Dreaming – Mikanji

Jap 010428  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 30 cm

Vaughan Springs Dreaming by Ursula Napangardi Hudson

Ursula Napangardi Hudson  |  Vaughan Springs Dreaming

Jap 010899  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 30 cm

Snake Vine Dreaming – Yanjirlpiri by Geraldine Napangardi Granites

Geraldine Napangardi Granites  |  Snake Vine Dreaming – Yanjirlpiri

Jap 010902  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 30 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010903  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 46 cm

Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi

Jap 010436  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 30 cm

Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi by Saraeva Napangardi Marshall

Saraeva Napangardi Marshall  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa – Ngalyipi

Jap 010430  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 30 cm

Water Dreaming – Mikanji by Juliette Nampijinpa Brown

Juliette Nampijinpa Brown  |  Water Dreaming – Mikanji

Jap 010437  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 30 cm

Water Dreaming – Puyurru by Shanna Napanangka Williams

Shanna Napanangka Williams  |  Water Dreaming – Puyurru

Jap 010433  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 30 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 008626  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 46 cm

Emu Dreaming by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Emu Dreaming

Jap 011180  |   acrylic on linen  |  76 x 30 cm

Water Dreaming – Puyurru by Lynette Nangala Singleton

Lynette Nangala Singleton  |  Water Dreaming – Puyurru

Jap 009014  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 91 cm

Bush Potato Dreaming by Adrianna Nangala Egan

Adrianna Nangala Egan  |  Bush Potato Dreaming

Jap 009415  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 76 cm

Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites  |  Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 010985  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

Honey Ant Dreaming by Teddy Jakamarra Gibson

Teddy Jakamarra Gibson  |  Honey Ant Dreaming

Jap 010432  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 46 cm

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