Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula early Life
Winpa the rainmaker.
Right: Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula with a painted ceremonial shield.
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula Middle Period
Johnny Tjupurrula Later Life
By the mid-1980s Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula’s eyesight began to fail. His painting became infrequent and of poorer quality. By the end of the 1990s Warangkula was old and infirm.
These later paintings are not popular with collectors and hold little value.
In the 1990’s he started painting again and produced hundreds of raw expressionistic paintings. These later paintings though were crude and paled compared to his earlier works.
He spent the last years of his life with his wife and children in Papunya. His greatest legacy is the simple but enigmatic dot-dot background. It is so strongly associated with aboriginal art that it is now almost inseparable.
Warangkula Tjupurrula name can also be spelled Warangkula Djupurrula or Warangkula Jupurrula. His Christian name was Johnny
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Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula Images
The following images are not the complete known work by this artist but give a good idea of his style and range.