2011/0055 Rockholes near the Olgas

Rockholes near the Olgas

Artist

Bill Whiskey TJAPALTJARRI
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1920
 in
Pirupa Alka, Northern Territory
Death:
2008
 in
Amunturrungu, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Rockholes near the Olgas
Date
2007
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Dimensions
120.0 x 93.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Jacquie McPhee under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2011/0055
Currently not on display

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Rockholes near the Olgas, 2007, like many works from the desert regions of Australia is a cultural map. Tjapaltjarri’s works of art speak of Country he resided in before he made the pilgrimage to Haasts Bluff. Tjapaltjarri’s paintings were particularly sentimental for him as he never returned to his homelands after leaving in his early life. This work of art looks down on the land near Kata Tjuta [formerly know as the Olgas] and is painted in an aerial perspective. The rhythmic mark-making creates a highly textured and colourful surface that reflects the changing landscape, flora and land formations that the artist recalls from his time traversing the land. Featured on the painting are a series of concentric circles which references the actual rock holes Tjapaltjarri documents through his paintings.

Curatorial insightRockholes near the Olgas, like many works from the desert regions of Australia, is a cultural map. Tjapaltjarri’s works of art speak of Country he resided in before he made the pilgrimage to Haasts Bluff. Tjapaltjarri’s paintings were particularly sentimental for him as he never returned to his homelands after leaving in his early life. This work of art looks down on the land near Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas) and is painted from an aerial perspective. The rhythmic mark-making creates a highly textured and colourful surface that reflects the changing landscape, flora and land formations that the artist recalls from his time traversing the land. Featured on the painting are a series of concentric circles which references the actual rock holes Tjapaltjarri documents through his paintings. (AGWA 2011)

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