The Old and the New: Pintupi masterworks from the Collection 1980s–2000s
Walangkura Napanangka | Pintupi people | Untitled (Tjintjintjin) 2006 | Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
19 March – 9 October 2011 | Watermall, Queensland Art Gallery
Pintupi painters have been at the forefront of the Western Desert painting movement since its beginning at the tiny Indigenous community of Papunya in the early 1970s. The dynamism of their geometric shapes and lines, bursting with raw power, helped the fledgling movement to gain national prominence and international acclaim. Today Pintupi artists are still at the centre of the painting movement, continuing to innovate within a strong and proud tradition.
Here, works by the early masters of the movement such as Uta Uta Tjangala, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri are seen together with works by some of the foremost artists of the current generation: Walangkura Napanangka, George Tjugurrayi and the late Doreen Reid Nakamarra. One special recent innovation in Pintupi painting has been the introduction of an optical style. Many artists use dots, lines, layering, over-painting and a discord between colours to create a sense of movement in their paintings. The late Doreen Reid Nakamarra was a master of this style, using pulsating lines of dots to invoke the movement of sand across her desert country. Her Untitled (Marrapinti) 2008 is one of a handful of master works she produced before her untimely passing in 2009.