Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula (Australian; Aboriginal — Pintupi/Luritja peoples, Papunya Tula settlement, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia; c. 1932-2001): Water Dreaming, 1972. Synthetic polymer powder paint on composition board. Private Collection. Image: Sotheby’s Australia, Melbourne. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.
‘”The Ancients sang their way all over the world,” wrote the British author Bruce Chatwin in his best- selling account of life among the Aboriginals, “The Songlines,” published in 1987. “They sang the rivers and ranges, the salt pans and sand dunes. They hunted, ate, danced, killed: wherever their tracks led they left a trail of music. They wrapped the whole world in a web of song.”
… In the artistic movement they founded, Mr. Tjupurrula and the other Papunya painters drew on Dreamings for inspiration, developing a kind of expression that owes nothing to European tradition but instead borrows symbols and patterns from body paintings and sand drawings associated with Aboriginal sacred ceremonies.
… Christopher Chippindale, an expert at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, described the work as “abstract expressionism on the surface but representational underneath” …’ (© The New York Times Company)
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