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Warlukurlangu Artists from Australia's Central Desert
Large paintings
October, November and December, 2008

Painters from Australia's Warlukurlangu Artist's cooperative will show five large works in the Rainier Tower Mezzanine for the months of October, November and December. Artists include the renowned Bessie Nakamarra Sims, wife of Senior painter Paddy Japaljarri Sims, Joy Nangala Brown, daughter of famous Pintupi artist Pegleg Jampijinpa from the neighboring community of Papunya and Marilyn Maria Nangala Turner, a talented younger woman who's style betrays her knowledge of Western Desert artists living far from her community. Additional paintings from this community, as well as works on small canvas boards by talented children in the community are on view in the Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 1333 5th Ave, Rainier Square.

Just in time for Fall, these works crackle with heat, psychic energy and the magical creation stories of Australia's Central Desert.

The word Warlukurlangu derives from an important "Jukurrpa" or creation story (dreaming) and means "belonging to fire". Founded in 1985 as a cooperative meant to protect the rights of artists and the integrity of their stories in the small desert community of Yuendemu in Australia's Nothern Territory, the group is known world-wide for their traditional ground paintings, the root of all the famous dot-painting imagery from Australia's desert. Traditional ground paintings by the Yuendemu artists have made history, first in a 1989 installation in Halle De La Villettte, Paris, France as part of the international survey, Magiciennes De La Terre and later in 1999's Spirit Country survey exhibition at San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor. The Seattle Art Museum's newly remodeled exhibits feature a large work by artists from the cooperative.

Please refer questions to Jeffrey Moose, 206.467.6951 or

"Janganpa Jukurrpa / Possum Dreaming"
Bessie Nakamarra Sims
acrylic on canvas

"Yumari Jukurrpa / Yumari Dreaming"
Joy Nangala Brown
acrylic on canvas

"Mina Mina Jukurrpa / Mina Mina Dreaming"
Marilyn Maria Nangala Turner
Acrylic on canvas


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