Boy’s Story | Don Ellis Tjapanangka | 1971

Boy's Story | Don Ellis Tjapanangka | 1971

Boy's Story | Don Ellis Tjapanangka | 1971

For the Australian aboriginals, the world is just the corporal materialization of the spirits of the ancestors. And they refer to is as Jukurrpa, word that means “dreaming”.  

The traditional painting of these tribes is passed through generations using local pigments to decorate from murals to musical instruments like the didgeridoo. But from the beginning of the 70s, the aboriginals started to use acrylic paintings, allowing them to create works with better quality that can last for a long time.

Boy’s story is a common motif among the original inhabitants of Australia. The boy is represented with the white “Us” scattered through the painting, while the four “Us” that surround the circles represent women sitting in a bonfire, as a social meeting.

I think this canvas portraits an everyday life scene of the tribe. While men go out hunting to provide their families, in the village are left the women that chat with each other; and the children that, restless, swarm around them.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on September 29, 2010.

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