Collection Online
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
168.5 × 330.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Papunya, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased from Admission Funds, 1985
© artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
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Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula represents Kumpurarpa, near the Ehrenberg ranges, where he made his first contact with Europeans in 1930. It is a desert environment that is vast, exposed and hot. Against a raw orange ground, Warangkula establishes a grid of concentric circles, coursed through by bold black lines that indicate ngalyipi (coarse fibre) woven by a group of ancestral women who have gathered at two campsites in the bottom left of the painting. A distance away, towards the top right, is an old man held in the spell of the fibre woven by the women. He whistles to them but the women cannot hear him. Believing that he is shunned because of his ugliness, the old man trudges off to the west.