Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

(Deceased)


One of Central Australia's most famous Aboriginal artists





Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula


Other Spellings:   Jupurrula, Warrankula, Warankula, Warungula, Warrangula,
                   Warangula, Tjaparula, Jonny W., Jupunalla
Other Names:	   Johnny W.

Born:                1925 c.
Died:                Feb. 2001 
Region:              Western Desert
Community:           Papunya
Country:             Ilypili, Ehrenberg Range, Kalpinya, north of Sandy Blight junction
Language:            Luritja, Pintupi, Kukatja
Social Affiliations: Tjupurrula subsection


Subjects and Themes:
Water, Yams, Fire, egret, Mala, Tjikari, goanna and kangaroo men

           
Awards/Grants/Commissions:
1956, Was presented to the Queen, along with Nospeg Tjupurrula, at Towoomba, Queensland


COLLECTIONS:	
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Central Collection, Australian National University, Canberra. 
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra. 
Donald Kahn collection, 
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. 
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide. 
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 
South Australian Museum, Adelaide. 
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth. 
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.


EXHIBITIONS: 1977, Nigerian Festival Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. 1980, Papunya Tula, Macquarie University Library, Sydney. 1980, Australian Galleries Director's Council International Exhibition of Aboriginal Art, touring to 1985. 1980, Contemporary Australian Aborigine Paintings, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA 1981-82,Aboriginal Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum, Queensland Art Gallery 1984, Koori Art '84, Art Space, Sydney. 1984, Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs 1985, The Face of the Centre: Papunya Tula Paintings 1971-1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 1987, Circle Path Meander, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 1988, Papunya Tula Paintings, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, 1988, Foundation: The First Decade of Collecting, National Gallery of Victoria 1988, John Weber Gallery, New York City, USA. 1988, Dreamings, the art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, NY. 1988, The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and touring internationally. 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art] 1989, Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1989, Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia's Western Desert, John Weber Gallery, New York, USA. 1989, Mythscapes, Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria 1990, l'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France. 1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court, Canberra 1991, Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia 1991, Canvas and Bark, South Australian Museum, Adelaide. 1991, The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim and Vivien Johnson Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery and Te Whare Taonga o Aoteroa National Art Gallery, New Zealand. 1991, Alice to Penzance, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London 1991, Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA 1991/92,Friendly Country, Friendly People, Touring Exhibition, through Araluen Centre, Alice Springs 1992, Crossroads-Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo. 1993, Ten years of acquisitions,from ANU collection, Drill Hall Gallery ACT 1993, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom. 1993, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 1993, Art Museum Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. 1993, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, 1993, Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA. 1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark 1994, Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert; The Donald Kahn collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich 1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria BIBLIOGRAPHY Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, 1991, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA . Bardon, G., 1979, Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert, Rigby, Adelaide. Caruana, W., 1987, Australian Aboriginal Art, a Souvenir Book of Aboriginal Art in the Australian National Gallery, Australian National Gallery, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory. (C) Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C) Cooper, C., Morphy, H., Mulvaney, D.J. and Petersen, N., 1981, Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery Directors Council, Sydney. (C) Croker, A. (ed.), 1981, Mr Sandman Bring Me a Dream, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs and Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney. (C) Crossman, S. and Barou, J-P. (eds), 1990, L'ete Australien a Montpellier: 100 Chefs d'Oevre de la Peinture Australienne, Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France. (C) Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria. Gartrell, M., 1957, Dear Primitive: a Nurse Among the Aborigines, Angus & Robertson, Sydney. (C) Isaacs, J., 1989, Australian Aboriginal Paintings, Weldon Publishing, New South Wales. Johnson, T. and Johnson, V.,1984, Koori Art '84, exhib. cat., Art Space, Sydney. (C) Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. (C) Bardon, G., 1991, Papunya Tula Art of the Western Desert McPhee Gribble, Ringwood, Victoria. (C) Sutton, P. (ed.), 1988, Dreamings: the Art of Aboriginal Australia, Viking, Ringwood, Victoria. (C) 1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C) Page, G.,1992, Some Paintings by Johnny Warrangkula Tjupurrula, Art Monthly Australia, August 1992, No. 52, page 2. Ryan, J., 1989, Mythscapes Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National Gallery of Victoria, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. (C) Wallace, D., Desmond, M., Caruana, W., 1991, Flash Pictures, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. West, M.K.C., (ed.), 1988, The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia, exhib. cat., Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 1993, Tjukurrpa Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), exhib. cat., Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. (C) Discovery Media, Documentation Pty Ltd, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies






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