Lot 272: Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula 1975 Very Drunk Mans Feet, Coolamons and digging sticks synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
December 11, 2016
Ashfield, AustraliaLive Auction
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
Very Drunk Mans Feet, Coolamons and digging sticks
synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
61 x 45.5 cm
Purchased directly from Peter Fannin in Papunya whilst working on an Aboriginal housing project in 1975. Artist''s name and title verso. Private Collection, NSW.
Warangkula was amongst the most inventive of the early Papunya artists. His ''calligraphic line and smearing brushwork'' (Bardon in Isaacs 2001: 71), gave a relative solidity to the features of the land, or traced the movements of a journey, picking up on the rhythmic recall of a mythic narrative. Bands of hatching or parallel lines provided visual texture, often interspersed with animal tracks or symbolic figures woven in to tightly synchronized compositions that still resound with freshness and surprising spontaneity. Choosing to keep within the hues of traditional earth based ochres, he achieved in his early paintings a startlingly powerful statement of the earth, his country and the life within it.