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Title

Four Dreamings

2019


Artist

Carbiene Tjangala McDonald

Australia

1961 -

Language group

Luritja, Pintupi/Western Arrernte/Central Desert region


About

Carbiene Tjangala McDonald began painting through Papunya Tjupi art centre in Papunya, NT in 2018, when the centre extended its operations to include male artists. McDonald has quickly developed his own unique style, painting his country to the south-west of Papunya, in textural plains of muted colour.

In Four dreamings 2019 McDonald reminds us of the interconnected nature of Tjukurrpa and their innate connection to the country that is his inheritance. Within the work McDonald alludes to a series of waterholes running between Docker River and Kata Tjuta. Buried within the densely layered geometry of the composition, these waterholes reference McDonald’s deep knowledge of country handed down to him from his father. Painted in fields of mosaics, the work provides a compelling image of a vast area of country.

McDonald’s practice is informed by the rich history of painting in Papunya, which unfolded before his very eyes and his recent enthusiasm for painting is reminiscent of that held by the artists who painted in the 1970s. Like them, McDonald is remembering his country, while living some distance from it.


Details


Place where the work was made

Papunya Northern Territory Australia


Date

2019


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen


Dimensions

152.0 x 183.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

165.2019


Artist information

Carbiene Tjangala McDonald

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Papunya