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synthetic polymer paint on composition board
91.4 × 66.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Papunya, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of North Broken Hill Ltd, Fellow, 1987
© artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
This painting, with its layers of dots and over-dotting, celebrates the new growth of seeds, flowers and grasses after rains. The work was painted on board primed with red ochre in three distinct stages. For the first two stages a brush of camel hair was used, for the last, the artist used grass stems, sometimes chewed for a softer edge. The artist first painted all the dry rivers and creeks in black, indicating soaks with concentric circles and ceremonial sites with striated oblongs. The painting was then put aside for two months. When the rains came, Tjupurrula dotted in all the soaks and rivers still using the brush of camel hair. For the third stage, when the rains came again, the artist changed his brush for grass stems. He worked on the painting every day for three weeks, applying tiny brushstrokes in thin layers of colour. These brushstrokes mirror the transformation of the desert, alive with new seeds, flowers and grasses, after rain. The black specks represent seeds ground by women into damper, while the white flecks represent another type of seed that proliferates in the area.