C1960

[Western McDonnell Ranges.]

Artist:

Wenten Rubuntja (1923 - 2005)

A very large and impressive watercolour by Wenten Rubuntja signed lower right. Wenten was a Hermannsburg school artist from Arrernte in Central Australia. Sold with the book of his life, The Town Grew Up Dancing, The Life and Art of Wenten Rubuntja. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Western McDonnell Ranges.]

Date:

C1960

Artist:

Wenten Rubuntja (1923 - 2005)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Watercolour on board, signed lower right.

Image Size: 

715mm 
x 520mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Western McDonnell Ranges.] - Vintage Print from 1960

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1960

Description:

A very large and impressive watercolour by Wenten Rubuntja signed lower right. Wenten was a Hermannsburg school artist from Arrernte in Central Australia. Sold with the book of his life, The Town Grew Up Dancing, The Life and Art of Wenten Rubuntja.

Reference
McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 68

Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 592

Johnson, Vivien, Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert-A Biographical Dictionary. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1994. Page 177

The Town Grew Up Dancing: The Life & Art Of Wenten Rubuntja 2002

Represented in institutional collections:
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
The Royal Collection Trust, Buckingham Palace
Wollongong Art GAllery, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

The Hermannsburg School was an art style, which began at the Hermannsburg Mission in the 1930s. The artists Reginald Battarbee and John Gardner exhibited paintings they made of the area in 1932 and again in 1934. Returning to the area in 1934 to paint the Macdonnell and James ranges, Battarbee and Gardner again displayed their work at Hermannsburg—this time for the benefit of the Aborigines. The representation of places familiar to the local Aranda (Arunta) people had a great impact; among the viewers was Albert Namatjira, then known simply as Albert, who asked for materials in order to do his own painting. He became the best known artist of the style.The Hermannsburg painters’ work is characterised by soft hues, of their Western Arrernte landscape, which European settlers named the Western Macdonnell Ranges. Previously, Western Arrernte people had only used art in a ceremonial sense, as topographical interpretations of their country and their particular Dreamings, painted using symbols.  They conveyed this spiritual connection with the land which came from their intimate knowledge passed down for thousands of years. The Ghost Gum features prominently in the works, a sacred and important part of Western Arrernte mythology, often representing ancestral beings with body-like trunks and arm-like branches.. 

Biography:

Wenten Rubuntja (1923-2005)

Born at Burt Creek, Northern Territory, Rubuntja spent his early years in cattle country with his parents who worked at various stations. Later, he worked as a brick-maker, drover, butcher and cook. His work, which is represented in many collections, spans both the watercolour landscape style of the Hermannsburg School of painters, and the Western Desert style which began at Papunya. His father’s cousin, Albert Namatjira, provided the catalyst for Wenten’s long artistic career:

I went with my father and saw old Namatjira painting. I wanted to learn. He gave me a little board, little half board and I went back to the Telegraph Station, and started painting there. I went and hid myself behind a rock to paint. I was remembering how that old man was painting his handwork, his mixing and his ideas. After that I brought the painting up and showed it to old Namatjira and he said, “Eh, who taught you? You’ve got good ideas.”

Reference The Town Grew Up Dancing: The Life & Art Of Wenten Rubuntja 2002

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