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Steven Jangala Hargraves / Brush Tail Possum Dreaming

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 533-17

$160.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Steven is a Warlpiri artist who paints for Warlukurlangu Art Centre in the Northern Territory.

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation of Yuendumu was incorporated in 1986. Warlukurlangu is a not for profit organisation that has more than 600 members, all of whom are Indigenous artists. It is directed by an executive committee of eight men and eight women representing all the ‘skin groups’. It meets regularly to set policy, make decisions about the organisation and direct staff.

Established in 1985 Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.

Warlukurlangu Artists is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings and limited edition prints. The art centre has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.

Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.

‘Janganpa’ or brush tail possums are nocturnal animals that live and nest in white gum trees. Brush-tail possum Dreaming travels all over Warlpiri country. This story is about a group of possums from a big hill called Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs). The family of possum ancestors lived there. Each night they would go out in hunting for food. They went to Wirlki and Wanapirdi, where they found flying ants. They travelled on to Ngarlkirdipini looking for water.

A Nampijinpa women was living at Mawurrji with her two daughters. She gave her daughters in marriage to a Jupurrurla ‘janganpa’ but later decided to run away with them.

Warlpiri people perform a young men’s initiation ceremony, which includes the Janganpa Dreaming. The Janganpa Dreaming belongs to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men and Nakamarra/Napurrurla women. Customary icons are used in Warlpiri paintings.  Possum tracks are often represented as ‘E’ shaped figures and concentric circles are used to depict the trees in which the possums live, and also the sites at Mawurrji.

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