Woman Camped at Kampurrula

Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

WARANGKULA Woman at Kampurrula
Woman Camped at Kampurrula by Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula


Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
Woman Camped at Kampurrula
synthetic polymer on board
58 x 34 cm

© Estate of the artist, Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Courtesy Papunya Tula Artists

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Papunya Tula Artists, N.T.
Artunta Galleries, N.T.
private collection, Europe
private collection, Qld

Further Information

Kampurrula is the name of both a bush raisin and a site in the Henty Hills, 180 kms west of Papunya and both are celebrated in this painting.

The current work, painted in May 1973, demonstrates Warangula’s mastery of the dot to evoke desert vegetation. Perfected earlier, when interpreting the Storm Dreaming site at Kalipinypa,¹ here, Warangula creates a dense mosaic of dotted patches to establish the environment within which a group of ancestral women made their camp, having found respite from the relentless pursuit of ardent men.

¹. Judith Ryan, 'Aesthetic splendour, cultural power and wisdom: early Papunya painting', in Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, 2011, pp. 24- 26.

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