The ReDot Fine Art Gallery is proud to welcome back the beautiful works from Australia’s foremost Aboriginal owned art centre, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd. This exhibition will represent the 9th annual showing in Singapore of the stunning work by the desert masters in what marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of this ground breaking community art centre from Central Australia’s Western Desert.
This year’s show, ‘Tjukurrpa Ngaatjanya Maru Kamu Tjulkura’ (Dreaming in Black and White), brings together the finest collection of works, executed in the unusual black and white style, from some of the company’s most senior law-people as well as some of the most important emerging artists. This exhibition boldly honours the traditions of the company’s founding artists and shareholders of the early 1970’s but simultaneously embraces today’s modern contemporary art world.
Senior artists such as Patrick TJUNGURRAYI, Yinarupa NANGALA, Ningura NAPURRULA, Yukultji NAPANGATI and Warlimpirrnga TJAPALTJARRI epitomize the integrity and success of Papunya Tula Artists, and it is befitting in this 40th year that their spellbinding works are accompanied by the future of the company, the emerging artists such as Cedric BENNETT TJUNGURRAYI, Mantua NANGALA, Michael REID TJAPANANGKA to name but a few.
All these artists, together with other Pintupi men and women, are the custodians of important sacred sites relating to the Tingari Song Cycle. The Tingari people were a group of ancestral beings who travelled over vast areas of the Western Desert, performing rituals and creating or "opening up" the country. They were usually accompanied by recently-initiated novices to whom they provided ceremonial instruction relating to the cultural law of the region.
At the many sites that make up these songlines, groups of Tingari people held ceremonies, experienced adversity and had adventures, in the course of which they either created or became the physical features of the sites involved. The oral narratives that describe these adventures stretch to thousands of verses, and provide countless topographical details that would assist nomadic bands to navigate and survive in the arid landscape.
Come and see the work of some of Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists and learn more about their ancestral stories. The roundels, lines and interlocking designs embedded in their paintings tell you of these ancient rituals. Soft natural colours, bold secretive brush movements and traditional iconography all act to preserve the sacred and important stories of Australia’s Western Desert Art movement.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday 17th October and runs till Saturday 1st December 2012 and it is a must see for anyone interested in following the development of Papunya Tula Artists, one of the Aboriginal art movements most important art centers, over the last 40 years. The show will be opened by Mr. Paul Sweeney, General Manager of Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd.