Rover THOMAS [JOOLAMA], Druwurl Hill Enlarge 1 /1


Kukatja/Wangkajunga peoples

Australia 1926 /1928 – 1998

Druwurl Hill 1992 Description: Druwurl Hill (White dots on black background)
Title Notes: (1 from a set of 4)
Place made: Warmun (Turkey Creek), Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, natural pigments on canvas

Dimensions: 38.4 h x 54.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993
Accession No: NGA 93.158
Image rights: © the artist's estate, courtesy Warmun Art Centre

Black dominates the paintings of the late Kukatja/Wangkajunga painter Rover Thomas. In his aerial views of the East Kimberley landscape, black assumes both symbolic and literal associations – in one painting, a bitumen road, and in another the powerful and destructive force of a cyclone. This small topographical view relates the Dreaming story of Druwurl Hill: ‘Pocupine made that rock and is in it all the time. In the Dreaming they tried to pull him out but they couldn’t – he is still there.’ This is one of four small boards painted in 1992 whereby Thomas reduced the composition to its bare essentials: flat areas of single colour edged by lines of white dots.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra