Out of the Desert

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 03.12.07

Gallery: National Museum of Australia
Dates: 28.11.07 : 03.02.08

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert showcases the National Museum of Australia's extraordinary collection of Western Desert art.

These works have rarely been seen in Australia.

In the 1970s and early 1980s Central and Western Desert artists at Papunya, in Australia's Northern Territory, created a body of work that transformed understandings of Aboriginal art.

On large canvases and suitcase-sized boards they experimented with colour and style to tell their Dreaming stories linked to land, history and culture.

Honey Ant Hunt by artist Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri relates to one of the Dreaming stories you can explore in Papunya Painting. Tim Leura created this work in 1975 using synthetic polymer paint on canvas. It measures 1.9 x 1.7 metres.

The three hills at Papunya form an important Dreaming site, representing the body of a huge ancestral Honey Ant. It was here the Honey Ants returned to the ground after travelling during the Dreaming. Tjapaltjarri's painting gives a soft symmetry to the Honey Ant chambers and passages.

URL: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/papunya_painting/

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Contact Details

Gallery: National Museum of Australia
Email: information@nma.gov.au
Telephone: +61 2 6208 5000
Address: Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula Canberra 2600 ACT



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Gallery: National Museum of Australia

Artists: Anatjari (yanyatjarri) Tjakamarra | Anatjari (yanyatjarri) Tjampitjinpa | Billy Nolan Tjapangarti | Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri | Charlie Tarawa (tjaruru) Tjungurrayi | Charlie Tjapangarti | Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri | Daisy Leura Nakamarra | David Corby Tjapaltjarri | Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa | Freddy West Tjakamarra | George Tjapaltjarri | George Tjungurrayi | John Tjakamarra | Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka | Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula | Kaapa Tjampitjinpa | Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra | Mick Namararri Tjapaltjarri | Mick Wallankarra Tjakamarra | Paddy Tjangala | Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa | Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi | Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri | Tim Payungka Tjapangarti | Timmy Jugadai Tjungurrayi | Toby Brown Tjampitjinpa | Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri | Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula | Uta Uta (wuta Wuta) Tjangala | Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi | Yumpuluru Tjungurrayi

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