Dulcie Long Pula
Awelye-Atnwengerrp (Body Paint) | 51h x 36w | RK636
Not framed or stretched | Acrylic on canvas
Dulcie Long Pula is the daughter of renowned artist Jeannie Petyarre and continues the strong painting tradition of her extended family. She comes from the Utopia region of the Northern Territory, a community that has astounded the art world since Aboriginal people put paint on canvas in the late 1980's. She grew up surrounded by Utopia artists including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre, Greeny Purvis Petyarre and the Pwerle sisters.
This painting depicts ancestral country where important Awelye ceremonies take place. Fine rows of dots marking out the locations of sand hills, bush scrub, river flood plains and sometimes waterholes and ceremonial sites. Despite Dulcie's progress to a more restrained colour palette, there is exceptionally fine attention to detail, complex designs and underlying cultural meaning.
Dulcie has an impressive portfolio of paintings, subjects and styles to her name and has gained a strong following in a short period of time.