Summary

Acrylic painting titled 'Children's Water Dreaming' created by Kaapa Mpetyan/Tjampitjinpa (c. 1920 - 1989) in 1971. an Aboriginal artist of Anmatyerr and Warlpiri heritage. He played a central role in the development of the Western Desert Art Movement and was a founding member of the Papunya Tula Artists company in 1972.

Documentation written in the hand of Geoffrey Bardon on the reverse, identifies 'Wanikee' corroboree hats as the two central motifs in the upper half of the painting and, on either side, the tracks of children looking for a lizard. In the centre of the painting a 'corroboree man' sits at a fire, with the man depicted semi-realistically below and at his base three fires. On either side of him are two coolomons.

Physical Description

Synthetic polymer paint on composition board. Titled: "Children's Water Dreaming".

Significance

This is an early example of what has been described as the 'School of Kaapa' painting style which began in Papunya in the early 1970s. Kaapa Mpetyan/Tjampitjinpa (c. 1920 - 1989) is recognized as the founder and first master of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement in Central Australia. Along with Clifford Possum and Tim Leura, he played a central role in the development of the Western Desert Art Movement and was a founding member of the Papunya Tula Artists company in 1972.

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