Yarripiri Jukurrpa, Snake Dreaming by Jack Jakamarra Ross

Jack Ross Tjakamarra 'Snake Dreaming' 61 x 30cm.jpg
Jack Ross Tjakamarra 'Snake Dreaming' 61 x 30cm.jpg

Yarripiri Jukurrpa, Snake Dreaming by Jack Jakamarra Ross

500.00

Jack Jakamarra Ross

b.c. 1922 - d. 2004

Acrylic on canvas

61 x 30cm

©Jack Jakamarra Ross. Copyright of text remains with the artist and Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association and are reproduced here with kind permission.

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Jardiwanpa is the name of a snake Dreamtime (Creation) ancestor who travelled from Wirnparrku (Blanch Tower) near Papunya to the north via Ngama. (Ngama is the name of the cave belonging to this Dreaming/Creation story). The centre of the painting is the snake. The circles represent Wanparnpirri-ceremonial poles. Nakamarra/Napurrula clan women and Jakamarra/Japurrula men are the custodians of the Dreaming.

Jack Jakamarra Ross, was a senior and highly respected Walpiri man and one of the great artists to emerge from Walrukurlangu Art Centre in Yuendumu.

His work can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria amongst other collections.

The Yuendumu cooperative holds a unique place in contemporary Aboriginal art. Collectively, the works have a highly characteristic style and colour palette that sets them apart from all other desert painting. One of the distinctive features of the work is that the iconography (ordered as stories or dreamings) remain detailed and strongly defined as seen in this work by Jack Jakamarra Ross.

The works are rich with the symbols that convey the law and mythology of the people. One of the reasons is that ritual design forms the basis of the work and the rules that govern its expression are strictly adhered to at Yuendumu.

The law and culture being depicted in the paintings therefore remains strong and true to its source. 

The name Warlukurlangu comes from an important local dreaming meaning ‘place of fire’. True to its name, Warlukurlangu has become known for its vibrant palette which in recent years has encompassed an extraordinary range of colours - from hot fuchsia, mauve and electric blue to marigold yellow and tangerine orange and red.

Copyright for both artwork and text remains with the artist and Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association and are reproduced here with kind permission.