Papunya Tula Art at Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

In association with Papunya Tula Artists, Metropolis Gallery is presenting an exciting exhibition of recent paintings by aboriginal artists in the Papunya Tula Artists group. The works reflect the strong Papunya Tula style derived from the artists’ knowledge of traditional body and sand painting associated with ceremony. Artists include Ningura Napurrula, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Nanyunma Napangati, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Lorna Napanangka, Rubilee Napurrula, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Patrick Tjungurrayi and many more.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the birth of Papunya Tula in 1971 which marked the beginning of contemporary aboriginal art and what many now consider to be one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century.

The Papunya Tula art movement began when Papunya school teacher Geoffrey Bardon encouraged some of the men to paint a mural on a blank school wall. This marked the beginning of what many consider to be one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century. Papunya Tula Artists was established as a company in 1972, and is entirely owned and directed by Aboriginal people from the Western Desert, predominantly of the Luritja/Pintupi language groups.

The paintings of Papunya Tula artists have remained very highly regarded and collectable.

Exhibition opens on Saturday 9 April at 5pm and runs until 23 April. A special screening of the film ‘Mr Patterns’ about schoolteacher Geoff Bardon and the Papunya Tula artists in the early 1970’s, will be shown the following week on 16 April at 2pm.

Metropolis Gallery, 64 Ryrie Street Geelong. Phone 5221 6505 for details.
All works in the exhibition can be viewed at

Thanks to Metropolis Gallery for allowing me to use the following images.

Ningura Napurrula

Mitukatjirri, Brenda Napaltjarri

Ngaminya, Payu Napaltjarri

Wirrulnga, Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa

Mukula, Yinarupa Nangala

Tingari, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra

Related posts on Aboriginal Art:

Paintings of the Western Desert

Claude Carter: An Artist Bridging Two Worlds

Salt Water to Salt Contemporary


3 thoughts on “Papunya Tula Art at Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

  1. I appreciate your association with the Papunya Tula Artists.
    Because they have good knowledge of aboriginal art, own style of paintings.
    And most important is that they have been working on aboriginal art since 1971.
    Your association will give you lot of benefits and appreciation at Metropolis Gallery.

    Best of luck!!!!!!

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