Keepers Of Place New Works From Papunya Tjupi

For 45 years, the name Papunya has been synonymous with contemporary Indigenous art.However for several decades after its 1970s inception, painting at Papunya itself was sporadic until the opening of a new community-owned art centre - Papunya Tjupi, in 2006.

Art Exhibition previously on at McCulloch & McCulloch in Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 24 May 2016 to Saturday 04 June 2016

Keepers Of Place New Works From Papunya Tjupi image

Published by McCulloch & McCulloch on Thursday 05 May 2016.
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Now, nine years into their sustained painting practice, the work of Papunya Tjupi artists has reached a new level of finesse.

In their graphic imagery and lyrical overdotting, the paintings of Martha McDonald Napaltjarri reflect a similar quality to those of her famous father, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi.

Candy Nelson Nakamarra’s intricate designs and striking colour sense are entirely her own, yet also pay homage to the early work of her father, the famed Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula whose Kalipinypa (Water Dreaming) site she paints.

In very different styles, Mary Robert Nakamarra, Isobel Gorey Nampitjinpa and Charlotte Phillipus’ work dazzles in finely wrought fluid monochromes and intricate design.

The pared down images in new works by Doris Bush and Tilau Nangala,show a particularly exciting new development in their use of pastels and paint in works of striking graphic intensity, evocative of the ancient rock engravings of the Western Desert.

The 22 paintings in Keepers of Place speak of an inspirational story of artistic regeneration, reminiscent of the early days of Papunya painting itself, and of a tradition both utterly contemporary and entirely ancient.