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Patjantja 19-1259

Bob Gibson

Acrylic on Canvas

91.4cm x 91.4cm


Bob is distinguished by the freedom of his composition and his stylistic application of colour, which happens at a frenetic and decisive pace. He carves up the canvas, creating wild shapes in an evocative and highly contemporary reinterpretation of country.

Bob enjoys telling the stories from his father’s country around Patjarr and his mother’s country Kulkurta. This work is about two snakes and two men who travelled north to Karrkurinkitja. As the party travelled, some strangers came up behind them and the snakes fled. Then Kurningka (boss of the Tingari men) went looking. The clouds were coming towards them. The snakes were travelling fast and the water was rising, and the lady snake went in the ant’s hole but the other snake was left outside. Kurningka was saying, ‘water is coming closer’ but the other snake was too big for the hole. The Kurningka cut the snake and a lot of fat came out.

The free brush strokes and loose lines evident in this canvas dance around each other displaying the distinctive and compelling liveliness of his work.

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Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjara Art

Tjarlirli Art Centre represents the artists of Tjukurla in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia and Kaltukatjara (Docker River) in the Pitjantjatjarra lands of the Northern Territory. The artwork has strong links with the Papunya Tula movement as families left Kintore and Kiwirrkurra to return to their homelands in the mid 1980s.

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