Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
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
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
1956, Was presented to the Queen, along with Nospeg Tjupurrula, at Towoomba, Queensland
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.
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
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
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,
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)
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