Tommy Mitchell Warlu, 2008 Warakurna Artists

Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 101 x 101 cm SOLD ID: #699-08

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About this artwork

This painting depicts a story from Tommy’s country called Warlu.  There were uncles and their little nephew camping at the Warlu rockhole.  The men used to go hunting and the little boy stayed behind.  When the uncles were out of the site the little boy would go and steal meat from other people’s camps.  One day, families came to the uncles complaining about their nephew stealing their food.  The little boy said to the uncles he didn’t steal and the uncles believed him.  The uncles then got mad at the families and something happened.

About Tommy Mitchell

Tommy's country is Ngaturn and Walu. He lived in Warakurna with his family. He began to paint with Warakurna Artists in mid-2005 and has rapidly become one of its senior emerging artists. Tommy's paintings depict tjukurrpa (dreaming) from his father's and mother's country. His paintings are about the stories he was told from childhood. Tommy often spoke about his experiences of travelling around tali country (sandhills) with his family, "We lived in the bush, there was no hospital and no clothes and we were naked and it was cold. I hunted marlu, rabbit, tirnka (small goanna) and pussycat, it was good meat. We also collected tjarnmarta (bush onions), maku (bardi grubs) and kampurarrpa (bush raisins)." When Tommy was small, he went for a holiday and visited his cousin, Peter Lewis. Tommy Mitchell was a senior law man, participating in traditional ceremony, and was instrumental in passing on his tjukurrpa to his family.