BOBBY WEST TJUPURRULA – KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI at ReDot Fine Art Gallery Singapore 29th October – 29th November
Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd and ReDot Fine Art Gallery proudly invite you to an exhibition of exceptional recent works by Bobby West Tjupurrula and Katarra Butler Napaltjarri.
Bobby West Tjupurrula is the son of Freddy West Tjakamarra, one of the founding shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists, and comes from an impressive family of established painters. Born at the rockhole site of Tjammu Tjammu near Kiwirrkura around 1958, Bobby’s family was later met by Jeremy Long’s welfare patrol at a rockhole further east in 1963. He commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the late 1980s but it wasn’t until 1993 that he began painting regularly. Since then he has become an integral part of the company, not just as an artist, but also as the company Chairman on several occasions. Bobby is also strong advocate and voice on behalf of the Western Desert Dialysis unit, an organisation close to his heart given he too suffers renal failure and now receives dialysis.
Katarra Butler Napaltjarri by comparison has only recently begun exhibiting through Papunya Tula Artists, though company records show she first painted for Papunya Tula Artists as early as 2001. Born near the current location of the Tjukurla Community in Western Australia in approximately 1946, Katarra was the second wife of Anatjari Tjakamarra, another pre-eminent member of the original group of painters who started the Central Desert art movement in Papunya in 1971. Her recent works are clearly distinguishable through her use of bright rich colours and gestural brushwork. Katarra’s fresh vibrant style has resulted in her being exhibited over the last two years in Sydney, Darwin, USA, and most recently in the 28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. Whilst she has close extended family ties with the Tjukurla community, Katarra also spends considerable time in Kiwirrkura where she works through the Papunya Tula Artists studio.
This exhibition represents the 11th annual showing in Singapore of the stunning work from Australia’s premier Aboriginal owned art centre now celebrating its forty second year.
To view ReDot Fine Art Gallery’s e-catalogue for this exhibition click here