Desert Colours 2009
21 AM 6467/09
Alison Napurrula Multa Night Sky at Haasts Bluff 2009
Acrylic on linen 1830 x 1370mm SOLD
In this work Alison portrays the brilliant display of celestial objects visible on the clearest of nights at Haasts Bluff.This piece is the fifth in a recent series of intricate paintings completed during the past 2 years (including a triptych interpretation). It is a variation on her grandfather's tjukurrpa (Pira Dreaming). She has previously depicted the full moon in the night sky. In this depiction though she is presenting the night sky during the 'new moon' phase, as this period of each month is a spectacular time in the remote desert regions of Australia. The first painting Alison completed using the night sky/new moon theme caught the attention of photographer R. Ian Lloyd while he, and author John MacDonald, were compiling information on Australian artists (indigenous and non-indigenous) for the book 'Studio - Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity'. Mr Lloyd purchased the initial work which was then featured in the aforementioned publication, creating requests for Alison to elaborate further on the night sky theme.