Wirrul, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula
circa 1930 - Feb 2016
In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.
The art centre documentation for this work states:
This etching depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Wirrulnga, just to the south-west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. The roundels in this work represent the rockholes at this site. In ancestral times a group of Tingari men travelled to Wirrulnga from the west and continued their travels east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).
Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark with artist's mark, pencil "X". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Not on display
© Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd