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Yalka Tjukurrpa (bush onion dreaming)

Keanu Nelson

Synthetic polymer on linen

30cm x 30cm

2020

Keanu has painted Yalka Tjukurrpa (bush onion dreaming) which was his Grandfather Limpi Tjapangarti Puntungka’s Tjukurrpa. Given the age of the artist, his practice is informed by a thorough revision of the books documenting the early paintings of Papunya.

This Tjukurrpa descends from a powerful site near Tjunkupu which is associated with a complex songline, three sites of which the artist identifies as belonging to. They run from Tjunkupu, through to Winparku and Papunya.

Four ancestral heroes are represented at Tjunkupu, namely the Tjupi, Dog, Serpent and two men lying down.

Keanu represents the different elements of this songline in varied ways.

If present, there are four women shown, looking into a large hole in the earth. The water travels underneath the ground from many different places to create a soakage in the centre.

“When you see that water and that rock… big water in that rock…too powerfull, too dangerous”.

Ref: 171-20

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Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community arts organisation based in Papunya, the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement. The artists of Papunya Tjupi have established their own unique identity based on the legacy of their forefathers. The Art Centre, located 250km NW of Alice Springs/Mparntwe, supports emerging artists and some of Australia’s leading contemporary painters.

It was established in 2007, in response to the vacuum following the homelands movement of the late 1970s, which saw the exodus of many of the famous pioneer painters. Papunya Tjupi currently consists of 150 artists from Papunya and surrounding outstations, who are renowned for their strong line-work and for continuously developing new ways to tell the old stories.

Central to Papunya Tjupi is the understanding that painting is an important part of culture and connection to country, and that the teaching and passing of knowledge is what keeps the community’s future strong. Papunya Tjupi’s artists exhibit fine art paintings nationally and internationally and feature in major public and private collections.

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