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Title

Water dreaming at Kalipimpinpa

1971

Artist

Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

Australia

circa 1920 – 12 Feb 2001

Language group: Luritja, Central Desert region

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Water dreaming
    Place where the work was made
    Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1971
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    enamel and synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    Dimensions
    76.0 x 18.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Elizabeth Ritson and Michael Kerin Morgan AO 2022, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    94.2022
    Copyright
    © Estate of Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
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  • About

    Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula was serving on the Papunya Council when Geoffrey Bardon arrived at Papunya and encouraged the older men to paint. From the movement's earliest days, Tjupurrula developed a distinctive personal style of over dotting, often in several layers, creating effects that Bardon called 'tremulous illusion'.

    The site of Kalipinya, a well to the north-west of Sandy Blight Junction was a recurring subject within the work of Tjupurrula, and he is most recognised for his early works of this location. While somewhat distinct from many of Tjupurrula’s depictions of this waterhole, Water dreaming at Kalipimpinpa 1971 captures this location in bold colour with gestural linework.

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    Where the work was made

    Papunya

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