Ghost Gums Ranges


To be Auctioned on July 25th 12 Noon


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By Hilary Japaltjarri


Ghost Gum & the MacDonnell Rangesby Hilary Japaltjarri

People – Arrente/ Anmatjerra
Area – Papunya

Born – 1956

Hilary Wirri Japaltjarri was born on 20th September 1956 at Ragged’s Well, located almost 40km from Papunya Community in Central Australia. As a young child, he was inspired by the prominent water colour artists of his contemporary, particularly Keith Namitjira, Edwin Pareroultja and Joshua Ebatarinja Under the Ghost Gum trees of the Hermannsburg Community, they would ardently peer as the masters captivated their country in Europeanised water colour technique on paper and canvas.

It was in the 1980’s that Hilary’s formal artistic career begun. Drawing on his observations from childhood, Hilary’s style and subject matter Hilary are landscapes of his birth country and surrounding desert regions of Mount Sonder, Uluru and often the MacDonnell Ranges awoken in water colour or acrylic on canvas These are significant sites for the artist for hunting and ceremomy for man’s rites.

Hilary exhibition port folio has been extensive in the 2009-2013, stirring a renewed enthusiasm for Aboriginal landscape painting.


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