S otheby’s is pleased to announce the second Aboriginal Art auction in our New York headquarters. Following the highly successful sale held last December, this sale will feature works created by artists from the world’s oldest continuous culture, including masterworks from the most celebrated artists in the field such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Charlie Tawrawa Tjungurrayi, John Mawurndjul, Charlie Numbulmnore and Mathaman Marika. The exceptional artworks in this sale include fifteen paintings from the estate of legendary Australian artist David Larwill, together with others selected from collections in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.
The trailblazing Australian artist David Larwill (1956 – 2011) was known not only for his own distinctive style based on bold colors, stylized figures and simplified form, but also for his ability to segue comfortably between the European elements of Australia’s population and its traditional, indigenous peoples of remote Central and Northern Australia. During his lifetime he was a champion of the remarkable cultural output of Australia’s indigenous artists, which greatly influenced the art he created himself as well as the works he collected.