Daily Archives: 2 August 2007

Palunya

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I am showing you here a detail from a painting done by Fred Ward Tjungurrayi.

I love art. I have been collecting art ever since I was a young man. For the last ten years or so, however, I have become somewhat disillusioned by Contemporary art. Since then, I have begun collecting some Aboriginal art, mainly from the Western Desert area of Western Australia, and a place called Warburton in particular.

Fred Ward Tjungurrayi is an indigenous painter from the Western Desert in Western Australia. The painting is titled My Uncle’s Country and measures approximately 183 x 135 cms. It was painted in 1996 with acrylics on canvas, in Warburton, in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia.

Fred Ward Tjungurrayi, born ca. 1948, is one of the highly acclaimed Aboriginal painters. His work can be found in some of the more respected collections (i. e. Holmes à Court, UWA, Gabrielle Pizzi), and now mine, here in Mallorca, Spain.

Australian Aboriginal dot paintings often depict landscapes, as in a plan or a map or an atlas, giving some orientation for the nomadic foot walks and marches that Aboriginal people had to undertake from water hole to water hole. Water holes are sacred sites. In the painting, the artist connects water holes in his uncle’s country where he is now custodian, north-east of Kiwirrkurra, in the heart of Pintupi country, in the Western Desert.

Palunya. That’s how it is.