Paddy Stewart TJAPALTJARRI (Aborigine artist, Australia, 1935-2013)
"Ngarlu Jukurrpa", 2006
Acrylic on canvas
Hand-written references on verso of canvas : Paddy Stewart TJAPALTJARRI, 06/06 (corresponds to work’s inventory number), Warlukurlangu Artists (art center)
Height : 76 cm (30 in.) - Width : 61 cm (24 in.)
Stretcher with wedges
Overall, very good condition
- Community collection; Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
The work is accompanied with its certificate of origin issued by Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, one of Australia 's most famous art centers. Located at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory, Australia.
In this beautifully crafted painting, the great Aboriginal artist Paddy Stewart Tjapaltjarri transcribes a religious ceremony still practiced today which warns clan members the dangers from an illicit lover’s relationship. The legend tells that during Dreamtime (mythical time of creation of the world according to the Aborigines ) a man seduced a woman who was forbidden because of clan laws. As punishment the lovers were turned into two rocks that can be seen today on the Ngarlu site. The "U" shapes found in the center of the canvas are the participants of the ceremony during which the myth’s episodes are acted out. The four star strange patterns placed on star-like shapes evoke spindles on which wound human hair strands are rolled while singing and dancing.