Lot 60
  • 60

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri circa 1932-2002 BUSH FIRE DREAMING AT WARLUGULONG

Estimate
12,000 - 15,000 AUD
bidding is closed

Description

  • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
  • BUSH FIRE DREAMING AT WARLUGULONG
  • bears Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number CP730945 on the reverse
  • synthetic polymer paint on composition board
  • 57 BY 43.3CM

Provenance

Painted at Papunya in September 1973
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
Private collection

Condition

There is some minor damage around the edge of the board caused by the framing and some chipping at the edges and gold leaf from the frame having left markings around the perimetre.
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Catalogue Note

Cf. Vivien Johnson, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2004, p.81, see Dreaming Story at Warlugulong, 1976 for a related though later version by the artist in the collection of the National Museum of Australia; and Robert Edwards, Aboriginal Art and Australia, Sydney: Ure Smith, 1978, p.48, for another version by the artist's brother Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri titled Vengeance by Fire, 1978, illus.

While Clifford Possum painted one of the foundation ancestral narratives of the Western Desert, the Fire Dreaming at Warlugulong, as early as April 1972 (see Bushfire Dreaming in G. Bardon, and J. Bardon, Papunya, A Place Made After the Story: The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement, Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press, 2004, p.241, painting 157, illus.) to the best of our knowledge this is the earliest known painting to feature the flame-burst which ignited the ancestral Fire. The motif appears at the centre of two of the artist's seminal works Warlugulong, 1976, in collaboration with Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Johnson 2004, pp.90-91), and Warlugulong, 1977, in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia (ibid. pp.94-95).