Wantapiri, 1992

Acrylic Aboriginal dot painting on canvas in lilac, brown, blue, mustard, pink, cream, and black. The composition depicts two snakes spiraling around each other towards the centre against a field of concentric circles.

Malcolm Maloney Jagamarra (b.1955) is an artist and designer from Walpiri, one of the Stolen Generation he was taken from his family by the Australian Government in the early 1960s to live with foster families. Jagamarra returned to Alice Springs and his family in 1978. Jagamarra’s work has been exhibited internationally since the early 1990s, including in London at Rebecca Hossack Gallery in 1991. Jagamarra’s responsibilities include the Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming) shown here. This painting depicts two diamond patterned snakes spiraling in the centre of the image on a black and white background. In the left and right diagonally opposite corners are two concentric circles with lines coming into the circles then out to the central snake motif. The circles may be waterholes, campsites or places of significance.

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