Piermarq is proud to present Marawa - a selection of paintings by Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary Aboriginal artists and a leading figure of the Aboriginal Australian painting community.
Exhibition Dates: 27 April - 13 May 2017
Opening Drinks: Thursday 27 April 2017, 6 - 8pm - RSVP
In late 1984, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri’s family emerged from the desert in Western Australia by chance and made contact for the first time with Western society. The discovery of the "Pintupi Nine" or "lost tribe” caused a media sensation. However the family was quick to point out that they were not lost; when others in their community re-located to settlements in the 1950s and 60s, they had chosen to live off the land as traditionally practiced by their ancestors.
Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri’s paintings are an abstract recreation of his family’s dreaming. The elaborately topographical patterns of his paintings, created with thousands of delicate concentric lines, often depict sacred landscapes. This body of work specifically focuses on Marawa, a clay pan to the west of Lake Mackay, that features in the travels and initiation stories of the Pintupi ancestors called Tingari. For time immemorial Pintupi men would gather there for ceremonies, re-living the legends of the Tingari. For the most part, these sites and their accompanying rituals are a mystery to outsiders, but this does not interfere with comprehending the visual power of Warlimpirrnga’s work.
Few painters can match the optical intensity found in Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri’s paintings. Loosely applied, the lines accumulate into continuous surfaces that, however simply made, are never still or flat. The lines shift direction gently, in curves, or abruptly, in angles. His paintings undulate in swells and swirls; they shimmer and gleam with the potency of the sacred sites and objects from which they are drawn.
Marawa opens on Thursday 27 April, 6 - 8pm at Piermarq, Paddington and runs until Saturday 13 May 2017.