Johnny WARANGKULA TJUPURRULA, Bushfire Dreaming Enlarge 1 /1


Pintupi/Luritja peoples

Australia 1918 /1922 – 2001

Bushfire Dreaming [Bush fire Dreaming] 1971-1972 Description: No.9 Reproduced in Bardon 1991, p.60 (here the title is given as Bungalung Old Man's Fire Story) (depicts a landscape with hills and one burnt body in the bottom right hand side).
Place made: Papunya, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Dimensions: 39.2 h x 57.9 w cm framed (overall) 420 h x 598 w x 45 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993 - 1996
Accession No: NGA 93.170

The ancestral origins of fire vary from group to group in indigenous Australia. The designs across the top of Johnny Tjupurrula Warrangula's Bushfire Dreaming 1971-72 indicate burnt-out country after fire.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra